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What does Chiara mean?

Chiara Pronunciation of Chiara [chiara] as a girls' name is pronounced kee-AH-ra. It is of Italian and Latin origin, and the meaning of Chiara is "bright, famous". Variant of Clara. Name of several Italian saints, most notably Clare of Assisi (13th century), and follower of Francis of Assisi and founder of the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. See also Ciara.

Associated with: bright (light), saints, nuns (monk).


Chiara has 4 variants: Chiarina, Chiarra, Kiara and Kiarra.

Affiliated girl name: Claire.

19 more different relations via Ciara, Clara, Clare: Ceara, Cearaa, Cearia, Cearra, Ciaara, Ciaran, Ciarra, Ciarrah, Cieara, Ciearra, Ciera, Cieria, Cierra, Clare, Keara, Keira, Kiera, Klara and Siara.

Creative forms:
(female) Chiaia, ..

(male) Chiari, Chiarie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Chiara Olive (C.O.), ..

How popular is Chiara?

Chiara is a rare first name for women but a very popular surname for all people (#38141 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Chiara was first listed in 1992 and reached its peak rank of #1054 in the U.S. in the year 2002, and is currently at #1863. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chiara name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Chiara outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Ceara, Ciara (#757 last year), Ciarra, Ciera, Cierra (#1864), Claire (#49), Clara (#98), Clare (#730), Keara, Keira (#245), Kiara (#399), Kiarra, Kiera (#639), Klara (#1827) and Siara are the prominent alternative forms of Chiara (#1863 last year). Other variants, like Cearra, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Chiara was well-received during 1880-1889 (median #1668) and has become much lower since (#1279, 64.3%). Claire is a constant favorite, although Clare appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions like Ciara are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chiara, Ceara, Ciara, Ciarra, Ciera in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cierra, Claire, Clara, Clare, Keara in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keira, Kiara, Kiarra, Kiera, Klara, Siara in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ciara, Claire, Clara, Keira, Kiara outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kiera, Klara outside U.S.

Similar Names

Chiara is pronounced similarly to Caera, Cara, Carah, Cari, Caro, Cary, Charo, Cora, Kaara, Kaira, Kara, Kira and Kirra. Other recommended names are Ceira, Cera, Chaba, Chana, Char, Chara, Charee, Chari, Charie, Charla, Charma, Chava, Chaya, Cheeara, Cher, Cheray, Chere, Cheri, Cherri, Cherry, Chery, Chiana, Chianna, China, Chinara, Chita, Choire, Ciana, Cira, Ciri, Citara, Cliara, Cynara, Cyra, Kliara, Rhiana, Shara, Shifra, Shira and Tiara. These names tend to be more commonly used than Chiara.

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