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Gender: Female Meaning of Clara: "bright, clear" Origin of Clara: Latin Clara's Popularity in 2017: #96

The name Clara is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "bright, clear". Clara is ranked #96 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That?------------girls!".

From the experts:

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 and is currently as popular as it has been 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.

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Famous People Named Clara

Clara Francisca Nunes, Brazilian samba singer
Clara Gordon Bow, American actress
Clara Ellen Butt, English operatic contralto
Clara Read, English actress
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 Langhorne Clemens, American contralto; daughter of novelist Mark Twain
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 (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 Ward, American gospel singer of The Ward Singers
Clara Driscoll, American philanthropist
Clara Hagopian Jobs, mother of Apple, Inc. founder Steve Jobs
Clara Lukasiak, younger sister of reality TV personality Chloe Lukasiak of TV's "Dance Moms"
Clara Balzary (b. 1988), daughter of musician Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Clara Mathilde McGregor (b. 1996), daughter of actor Ewan McGregor
Clara Enola Wire (b. 2002), daughter of musician Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers
Clara Thomas (b. 2009), daughter of TV journalist Nina Hossain and Stuart Thomas
Clara Saltykova (b. 2012), daughter of actors Inga Strelkova-Ooldina and Vitaly Saltykov
Clara Esquerdo, Spanish rhythmic gymnast
Clara Elizabeth So (b. 2016), daughter of actress Anna Chlumsky and Shaun So
Clara Jane Griffiths (b. 2018), daughter of YouTube vloggers Emily & Beau Griffiths of 'A Griffiths Life Vlogs'

Pop Culture References for the name Clara

Clara Stahlbaum, main character in ballet The Nutcracker
Clara Clayton Brown, character in movie "Back to the Future Part III"
Clara Dudley, character in "The Haunting of Hill House"
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"
Clara Bishop, character in Royals book series by Geneva Lee
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 on TV's "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 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 on TV miniseries "Into the West"
Clara Callen, mother of G Callen on TV's "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Clara Buhalmet, character in "Fran Bow"
"Clara", song by progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers
Clara Drosselmayer, main character in animated movie "Barbie in the Nutcracker"
Clara Nightingale, character in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Clara Johnson, main character of opera-musical "The Light in the Piazza"

Clara's International Variations

Clarissa, Clarice (Italian) Clarita (Spanish)