Did you Know? There is actual Lora Croft, living somewhere in Derby, England
The purchase of Core's parent company by Eidos Interactive in 1996 was the final step in Lara's evolution. Laura Cruz was replaced because Eidos wanted the game to appeal to a wider audience in the United Kingdom. So, how did they come up with Lara's new surname in the United Kingdom? The Core team in Derby, England, took out a phone book and began looking for names that sounded similar to Laura Cruz. They landed on Lara Croft, and all of a sudden, some random Derbyite became famous.