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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 girl name Claramae.
Clara is a very popular first name for females (#144 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23938 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Clara for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Clara and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Chiara, Claire, Clara, Clarabelle, Clare, Claribel, Clarice, Clarine, Clarissa and Klara. (2014 statistics).
Clara is also pronounced similarly to Clairy, Clarey, Clari, Clary, Cliara, Clora, Klari, Kliara and Klyara. Other suggested similar baby names are Cara, Ceara, Chara, Ciara, Claea, Clair and Clayre. These names tend to be less commonly used than Clara.
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