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Gender: F Meaning of Clara: "bright, clear" Origin of Clara: Latin Clara's Popularity in 2015: #98

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 98, its highest point since the 1940s. Clara 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.

Famous People Named Clara

Clara Nunes (born Clara Francisca Gonçalves), Brazilian samba singer
Clara Gordon Bow, American actress
Clara Ellen Butt, English operatic contralto
Clara Josephine (Wieck) 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, American pioneering nurse
Clara Hamilton Harris, American socialite
Clara Blandick, American actress
Clara Alonso, Spanish model
Clara Chung, American guitarist and singer
Clara Mae Shepard Luper, American civil rights leader
Clara Hughes, Canadian Olympic cyclist and speed skater
Clara Haskil, Romanian pianist
Clara Lee (born Lee Sung-min), British-South Korean actress and model
Clara Edwards, American pianist and composer
Isabella Clara Eugenia, sovereign of the Spanish Netherlands
Clara Muhammad, American wife of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad
Clara Lukasiak, younger sister of reality TV personality Chloe Lukasiak and daughter of Christi Lukasiak of TV's "Dance Moms"
Clara Ward, American gospel singer of The Ward Singers
Clara Driscoll, American philanthropist
Clara Driscoll, American Tiffany glass designer
Clara Mathilde McGregor, daughter of Scottish actor Ewan McGregor
Clara Immerwahr, German chemist
Clara Hagopian Jobs, mother of Apple, Inc. founder Steve Jobs

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 Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove"
Clara Durrant, character in Virginia Woolf's "Jacob's Room"
Princess Clara, character in animated TV series "Drawn Together"
Clara Gardner, main character in the Unearthly series
Clara Beane, character in The Guild web series
Clara, character in Bob Dylan's 1975 film "Renaldo and Clara"
Clara, character in E. T. A. Hoffmann's "Der Sandmann"
Clara Belle, character in the video game "MySims"
Clara Varner, a main character in "The Long, Hot Summer"
Clara 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"
Aunt Clara, character on TV's "Bewitched"
María Clara de los Santos, main character in "Noli Me Tangere" by José Rizal
Clara Wheeler, character in TNT miniseries "Into the West"
Clara Callen, mother of G Callen in TV show "NCIS: Los Angeles"

Clara's International Variations

Clarissa, Clarice (Italian) Clarita (Spanish)