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Clara meaning and name origin
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. Also a nickanme for Clarissa. 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 21 variant forms: Chiara, Claire, Clarabelle, Clarabeth, Clare, Claretha, Claretta, Claribel, Clarice, Clarie, Clarina, Clarinda, Clarine, Clarissa, Clarita, Claritza, Clarizza, Clarrie, Clarry, Klara and Klarra.
For more information, see also the related name Claramae.
Baby names that sound like Clara are Cliara, Clary, Clari and Clora.
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Popularity of Clara
Clara is a very popular first name for women (#144 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23938 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Clara for girls. (2010 statistics) Compare Clara with its variant forms and related girl baby names.