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Pronunciation Swedish: [lɑːʂ]
Gender Male
Word/name Latin
Meaning “crowned with laurel”
Other names
Related names Laurentius, Lawrence, Lauritz, Laurits

Lars is a common male name in Germanic-speaking countries, exluding Great Britain. In Sweden and Norway, people named Lars are commonly nicknamed Lasse.[1]


Lars is derived from the Roman name "Laurentius", which means "from Laurentum" or "crowned with laurel." Lawrence and Laurence are of the same origin.[2]

A homonymous Etruscan name was borne by several Etruscan kings. The etymology of the Etruscan name is unknown.


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  1. ^ Mike Campbell. "Comments for the name Lasse". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  2. ^ "". House of Names. Retrieved 29 July 2013.  External link in |title= (help)