What does Clara mean?
Clara \c-la-ra\ as a girls' 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 variants: 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 girl name Claramae.
Clara▲ has 21 more related variations via Clare, Clarissa: Clairesa, Clairessa, Clairissa, Clarecia, Claresa, Claressa, Clarica, Claris, Clarisa, Clarisse, Clarissia, Clariza, Clarrisa, Clarrissa, Classie, Clerissa, Clorissa, Klarisa, Klarissa, Klarrisa and Mariclare.
Clara is a very popular first name for women (#144 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#23938 out of 88799, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Clara for girls. Clara reached its apex position of #9 in the U.S. then, and is at #108 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Clara and associated names. Popular variation forms of Clara (#108 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Claire (#44 a year ago), Clare (#723), Clarissa (#765), Klara, Clarisa, Claribel, Clarabelle, Clarice and Clarine. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during the years 1900-1909 and is somewhat lower today, with the versions Clarissa, Clare, Claribel and Clarice becoming less stylish. Clara (#108) and Claire (#44) are two of the more chic birth names here, with Claire and Clara enjoying a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Clara▲ is alike in pronunciation to Clairy, Clarey, Clari, Clary, Cliara, Clora▼, Klari, Kliara and Klyara. Other recommended similar baby names are Cara▼, Ceara, Chara, Ciara▼, Claea, Clair and Clayre. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clara.