Clara is a Latin name that means "bright or clear." It originates as a feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus which itself was the name of a few early saints. Saint Clare of Assisi made this name popular in the 13th century. She left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns called the Poor Clares.
Clare was the most popular form through the middle ages, and Clara became hot in the 19th century.
It has also been featured on my up-and-coming vintage names list according to the 100 year rule. It was most popular in 1918 when 5,778 baby girls were born!
In recent years, Claire has been the more popular sister, while Clara was very Olde World and European. Now that Clara is coming back into fashion with all of the other vintage chic names, I can only foresee her continuing to climb the charts over the next decade.
Clara is such an adorable and lovely name that she could be paired with a variety of names! What would you pair it with? Also, do you pronounce it Clarr-uh or Clare-uh?
Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alice, Audrey, Charlotte, Eleanor, Ella, Grace, Molly, Stella
Brothers: Alfred, Benjamin, Charles, Evan, Jack, Miles, Simon, William
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