Lars is the Scandinavian form of Laurence, the English form of Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum”, Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus meaning “laurel”. It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Lars is also a surname originating from the given name.
Lars is also the Latinized form of Larth, an Etruscan name possibly meaning “lord”; it’s also been spelled as Larth, Lartia, Larcia, Largia, Larce, Laris and Lartius.
Origin: Ancient Greek, possibly Etruscan
- Lar (Etruscan)