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pinWhat does Clara mean?

Clara /cla-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.

Affiliated girl name: Claramae.

Clara has 21 more relations 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.

Kreatif forms: Claca, Clata, Clera. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Clara for girls. Clara reached its apex position of #9 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #108 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Clara name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Clara and associated names. Popular variation forms of Clara (#108 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Claire (#44 2 years ago), Clare (#723), Clarissa (#765), Klara, Clarisa, Claribel, Clarabelle, Clarice and Clarine. Other variants, like Claris, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Clara was at its apex during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.3496%) and is almost as conventional today (usage 0.236%, 32.5% less). Claire has been the most popular, although Clara appears to be gaining favor too, and Clarissa, Clare, Clarice and Claribel have become less contemporary. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Clara, Claire, Clarabelle, Clare, Claribel in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Clarice, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarissa in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

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.