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Gender: F Meaning of Clara: "bright, clear" Origin of Clara: Latin Clara's Popularity in 2013: #131

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Long relegated to an Olde World backwater, the European-flavored Clara has been speeding up the charts on sleeker sister Claire's coattails for the past few decades. Now, many would say the vintage chic Clara is the more stylish of the two names. Actor Ewan McGregor was an early celebrity adopter of the name for one of his daughters.

Clara has been a popularity list stalwart; now at Number 131, its highest point since 1947; it was a Top 10 name in the 1880's, at one time associated with the silent screen 'It girl,' Clara Bow, and before that with German musician and composer Clara Schumann and Red Cross founder Clara Barton, who was born Clarissa.

Clara is beloved for her leading role in The Nutcracker ballet and as Heidi's invalid friend.

Other Clara variations you might want to consider include Clarissa and Clarina, though Clarabelle seems still fit mainly for cows.

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Famous People Named Clara

Clara Bow, American actress
Dame Clara Butt, English singer
Clara Schumann, German composer and pianist
Clara Louise Maass, American nurse who died as a result of volunteering for medical experiments to study yellow fever
Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton, pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian
Clara Harris, American socialite
Clara Blandick, American actress
Clara Alonso, Spanish model
Clara Edwards, American pianist and composer
Isabella Clara Eugenia, sovereign of the Spanish Netherlands
Clara Muhammad/Evans/Poole, wife of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad/Poole
Clara Ward, American gospel artist
Clara Driscoll, American philanthropist
Clara Driscoll, Tiffany glass designer
Clara Mathilde McGregor, daughter of Scottish actor Ewan McGregor
Clara Immerwahr, German chemist

Pop Culture References for the Name Clara

Clara, character in ballet The Nutcracker
Clara Clayton Brown, character in movie "Back to the Future Part III"
Clara, a character in musical "Passion"
Clara Boden, character in White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Clara Allen, character in the book/movie "Lonesome Dove"
Clara Gardner, protagonist of Unearthly series
Clara Beane, character in The Guild web series
Clara Varner, a main character in "The Long, Hot Summer"
Clara Oswin Oswald, a companion of the Doctor from the BBC show Doctor Who
Clara Radley, character from The Radleys by Matt Haig
Clara, a character from the British TV series "The Paradise"
Clara Edwards, character on "The Andy Griffith Show"
Clara Cluck, member of Mickey Mouse's original farmyard gang
"Clara", song by progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers
Clara Sesemann, character in book/movie "Heidi"

Claira, Claire, Clarabelle, Claramae, Claramay, Clare, Claresta, Claretha, Clarey, Clari, Claribel, Clarie, Clarina, Clarinda, Clarine, Claris, Clarisse, Claritza, Clarry, Clary, Claryce, Cleriese, Klara, Klarice, Klarise, Klarra

Clara's International Variations

Clarissa, Clarice (Italian) Clarita (Spanish)