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 (#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. 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 1900-1909 (usage of 0.3496%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.236%, down 32.5%), with the versions Clarissa, Clare, Clarice and Claribel 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.