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What does Clary mean?

Clary Pronunciation of Clary [clary] as a name for girls is of Latin origin, and Clary means "bright, famous". Clary is a version of Claire (Latin): French variant of Clara.

Associated with: bright (light).


Clary has 12 variants: Clairey, Clairy, Clara, Clarey, Clari, Clarie, Clarrie, Clarry, Cliara, Klara, Kliara and Klyara.

19 more different relations via Claire: Ceara, Cearra, Chiara, Ciara, Ciarra, Clair, Clare, Clarene, Clareta, Clarice, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarita, Claryce, Clayre, Klaire, Klaryce, Klayre and Seara.

Creative forms:
(female) Calry, Chary, ..

(male) Claco, Clagh, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clary Khaleesi (C.K.), ..

How popular is Clary?

Clary is an uncommon given name for women but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#3045 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Claire (#49 in 2015), Clara (#98), Clare (#730), Ciara (#757), Klara (#1827), Chiara (#1863), Clarisa, Clarita, Klaire, Clarine, Clarene, Clair, Ceara, Ciarra and Clarice are the popular varying forms of Clary (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Clary were popular as baby names during 1880-1889 (adoption of 2.3%) and have become much less common since (adoption 0.7%, 70.9%), with versions such as Clara falling out of fashion. Clare and Claire are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names here. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ceara, Chiara, Ciara, Ciarra, Clair in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Claire, Clara, Clare, Clarene, Clarice in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clarine, Clarisa, Clarita, Klaire, Klara in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Clary is alike in pronunciation to Clora, Klari and Klarra. Other suggested similar names are Cacy, Cady, Cara, Carey, Cari, Carly, Carmy, Caro, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryn, Carys, Casy, Caty, Cay, Char, Chara, Chari, Charly, Charo, Charty, Charyl, Chery, Claea, Claris, Claudy, Cloey, Cluny, Coady, Corry, Cory, Flory, Glory, Hilary, Kary, Mary, Shary and Zary. These names tend to be more frequently used than Clary.

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