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What does Clarinda mean?

Clarinda Pronunciation of Clarinda [clarin-da] as a girls' name is pronounced kla-RIN-da. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Clarinda is "bright, famous". Elaboration of Clara with the -inda ending (as in Belinda and Lucinda). Literary: the name was first used in Spenser's "The Faerie Queene" (1596). The name was influenced by Clorinda, which is an elaboration of Chloris. Poet Robert Burns (18th century) also used the name Clarinda in his poems.

Associated with: bright (light), literary, faerie, 18th century.


Clarinda has 1 variant: Clorinda.

Affiliated girl name: Claire.

12 more related forms via Belinda, Chloris, Clara, Clorinda, Lucinda: Chlorinda, Claretha, Claretta, Claribel, Clarice, Clarie, Clarina, Clarine, Clarissa, Clarita, Claritza and Clarizza.

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Clarinda?

Clarinda is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#3981 out of 4276, Top 93%) but an uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Clarinda reached its apex position of #989 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clarinda name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Belinda (#1263 from recent data), Claire (#49), Clara (#98), Claretha, Claretta, Claribel, Clarice, Clarine, Clarissa (#700), Clarita, Clorinda and Lucinda (#1559) are the popular alternative forms of Clarinda appearing in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Chlorinda, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Clarinda reached its most widespread in the 1880s (median #1182) and has become significantly reduced since (#1513, down 72%), with forms like Lucinda becoming less in vogue. Claire is the most chic girl name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clarinda, Belinda, Claire, Clara, Claretha in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Claretta, Claribel, Clarice, Clarine, Clarissa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clarita, Clorinda, Lucinda in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Clarinda is alike in pronunciation to Clairinda and Clayrinda. Other recommended names are Alacinda (see Alcinda), Alaida, Alaina, Alfrida, Alicinda (see Alcinda), Alinda, Amalinda, Barinda, Calinda, Carenna, Carin, Carine, Carinne, Carisa, Carissa, Caritta, Carlinda, Carlonda, Carolinda, Chanda, Chanina, Charin, Charisma, Charista, Chariza, Cherida, Chiarina, Clairene, Claramae, Claramonde, Claressa, Clarica, Clarimunde (see Clarimond), Clarissia, Clariza, Clayrissa, Clerissa, Clorissa, Colinda, Corinda, Corinna, Correnda, Corrina, Corrinda, Cyrina, Czarina, Darinda, Dorinda, Dyrinda (see Dorinda), Elfrida, Elfrieda, Farina, Flaminia, Giacinda, Glinda, Ilaria, Kalinda, Klarika, Klarisza, Larina, Larinda, Laurinda, Malinda, Maranda, Marinna, Olinda, Sarilda, Sarina, Sharina, Tarina, Varinka, Yalinda and Zarina. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clarinda.

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