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Girl Name: Clara

Name: Clara
Pronunciation: \c-la-ra\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: bright, famous
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Chiara, Claire, Claramae, Clarissa
Sounds Like: Cliara, Clary, Clari
Variant forms: Clarabelle, Claretha, Claribel, Clarice, Clarie, Clarinda, Clarine, Clarita, Claritza, Clarrie, Clarry, Klara, Klarra
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 144
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 23938

Description

Clara \c-la-ra\ as a girl's name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Clara is "bright, famous". Post-classical name from the feminine form of the adjective "clarus". In the modern English-speaking world, it represents a re-Latinization of the normal English form Clare. Made famous in the 1920s by the silent film actress Clara Bow, known as "the It girl", because whatever "it" was, she had it.

Clara has 13 variant forms: Clarabelle, Claretha, Claribel, Clarice, Clarie, Clarinda, Clarine, Clarita, Claritza, Clarrie, Clarry, Klara and Klarra.

For more information, see also related names Chiara, Claire, Claramae and Clarissa.

Baby names that sound like Clara are Cliara, Clary and Clari.

View a list of the 9 names that reference Clara.

Popularity

Clara is a very popular first name for women (#144 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#23938 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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