What does Clara mean?
Clara [clara] 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 nickname 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.
Affiliated girl name: Claramae.Creative forms:
(female) Clarai, Claya, ..
(male) Claer, Claral, .. Middle name pairings:
Clara Lana (C.L.), ..
How popular is Clara?
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 (#22870 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Clara reached its apex position of #9 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #98 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Clara (#98 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000 are Claire (#49 a year ago), Clarissa (#700), Clare (#730), Klara (#1827), Chiara (#1863), Claris, Clarisa, Clarita, Clarine, Claribel, Clarabelle, Claretha, Claretta, Clarice and Clarinda. Other variants, like Claressa, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Clara was at its apex in the 1880s (adoption of 2.3%) and is now significantly reduced (adoption 0.7%, 71% less), with versions like Clarisa becoming somewhat outmoded. Claire has been the most popular choice, although Clare appears to be gaining favor too.
Clara▼ is alike in pronunciation to Clairey, Clairy, Clarey, Clari, Clary, Cliara, Clora, Klari, Kliara and Klyara. Other recommended names are Adara, Aldara, Alvara, Amara▲, Atara, Bara, Caera, Cala, Cama, Cara▼, Carah, Cari▼, Carla▼, Carna, Caro, Cary, Ceara, Cearaa, Cearia, Cearra, Cedra, Cera, Chaba, Chana▲, Char, Chara, Charla, Charma, Charo, Chaya▲, Ciaara, Ciana, Ciara▼, Ciaran, Ciarra, Cieara, Cira, Citara, Claea, Clair, Clareta, Clayre, Clea, Cleta, Cleva, Clova, Cora, Cynara, Cyra, Delara, Elora▲, Fara, Glaura, Glora, Iara, Kara▼, Kiara▼, Lara, Mara▲, Meara, Ozara, Sara▼, Shara, Siara and Yara. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clara.See names in meaning and etymology.