“I love my name,” says Lyra, a 27-year-old originally from Oklahoma (but now living in Florida). “I have yet to meet someone who has it.”
The year Lyra was born, her name was not among the top 1,000 baby names in the U.S. (In fact, it has never been a top-1,000 name.) So where does Lyra’s name come from?
I was named after a princess from outer space. My dad read it in a science fiction book when he was in high school.
What does Lyra like about her name?
No one else has my name. It’s Latin and it means lyrical. It’s also the name of a constellation and an MP3 player. It came from a science fiction story and I write science fiction. Coincidence?
[Note from Nancy: The Latin word lyra means lyre, not lyrical. A lyre is a musical instrument.]
What does she not like about it?
Everyone has a hard time pronouncing my name. It’s pronounced (lie-ruh). I get called Laura, Lila, Lori, Lira, Lana, any other name you can think of that starts with an L. Since I don’t have a popular name I could never find personalized stuff like pencils and stickers when I was growing up.
Thank you, Lyra!