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What does Clea mean?

Clea Pronunciation of Clea [clea] as a girls' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Clea is "glory". A contraction of Cleopatra. Invented by author Lawrence Durrell for a character in his famous "Alexandria Quartet" (1958). See also Clio.

Associated with: greek, glory.


Clea has 2 variants: Claea and Klea.

Affiliated girl name: Cleo.

6 more related forms via Cleopatra, Clio: Cleo, Cleona, Cleone, Cleta, Clio and Klio.

Creative forms:
(female) Caea, Ceea, ..

(male) Cleam, Clen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clea Irie (C.I.), ..

How popular is Clea?

Clea is an uncommon given name for women but a somewhat popular last name for all people (#87729 out of 150436, Top 58%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Cleo (#1755 the previous year), Cleta, Cleopatra, Cleone and Cleona are the popular varying forms of Clea (unlisted). These forms of Clea were favored as birth names in the 1910s (adoption of 0.1%) and are now significantly less popular, with the version Cleo becoming somewhat dated. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cleo, Cleona, Cleone, Cleopatra, Cleta in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clea and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Clea is pronounced similarly to Chloe, Chloee, Clo, Cloe, Cloey and Kloe. Other suggested similar names are Alea, Aleea, Arlea, Bea, Beea, Brea, Caela, Caera, Cala, Calee, Calen, Caley, Calla, Cama, Cee, Cela, Cele, Celena, Celes, Celia, Celka, Celsea, Cera, Cerea, Chel, Chela, Cher, Ciera, Cile, Cilia, Cilka, Cilla, Cima, Cira, Clara, Clelia, Clem, Cleva, Clora, Coe, Coel, Cole, Colena, Coleta (see Colette), Coley, Cora, Cree, Cyma, Cyra, Drea, Gaea, Galea, Halea, Jalea, Kalea, Kilea, Kylea, Lea, Malea, Mea, Nalea, Nea, Rea, Rhea, Shea, Talea, Tea, Thea and Trea. These names tend to be more frequently used than Clea.

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