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The baby name Lamar was quite popular for well over a century, but it's fallen out of favor and may even seem a bit outdated these days. Even so, it's a name associated with several people in modern pop culture, ranging from rappers to football stars, so we could easily see it making a comeback. Lamar pairs well with both classic and trendy middle names.

Meaning of the name Lamar:

French: Pool or pond

Origin of the name Lamar:

Lamar is derived from the French “la mare,” which means “the pool” or “the pond.” It was most likely a geographical name given to people who lived near a pond or similar bodies of water. It is both a common given name and surname.

Symbolism of the name Lamar:

Because of its association with water, many new parents may find symbolism in the name Lamar. For example, in the Christian faith, water is used for Baptism and represents purification of the soul. To others, water represents life, rebirth, refreshment, or fertility. From rapper Kendrick Lamar to football player Lamar Jackson, it's also a name found throughout pop culture.

Style of the name Lamar:

Traditional

Gender of the name Lamar:

Lamar is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Lamar:

lah-MAR

Number of syllables in the name Lamar:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Lamar:

The baby name Lamar evokes images of someone who works hard and is always willing to forgive those around him.

Alternative spellings for the name Lamar:

Nicknames for the name Lamar:

  • Lam
  • Lammy

Popularity of the name Lamar:

According to the Social Security Administration, Lamar was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States up until 2017. It was most popular in 1980 when it ranked at number 314. It ranked at number 913 in 2017.

Related names for the name Lamar:

  • Ammar
  • Jamar
  • Elmar
  • Omar 
  • Kumar

Great middle names for Lamar and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Lamar:

  • Lamar Alexander (politician)
  • Lamar Jackson (football player)
  • Lamar Fontaine (author and poet)
  • Lamar Johnson (actor and dancer)
  • Lamar Odom (basketball player)
  • Lamar Williams (musician)

Lamars in popular culture:

  • Lamar Latrell (character from the “Revenge of the Nerds” movies)
  • Lamar (character in the musical “Godspell”
  • Lamar(character in the “Grand Theft Auto V 2013” video game)