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Gender: Female Meaning of Clarinda: "bright, clear" Origin of Clarinda: Literary elaboration of Clara

The name Clarinda is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "bright, clear". Clarinda and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

A poetic name first used in Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene" in 1596, it had a literary vogue in the 18th century, especially favored by Robert Burns. "inda" names--Melinda, Belinda, Linda" are not particularly in right now.

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Famous People Named Clarinda

Clarinda Maria Sinnige, Dutch field hockey player
Clarinda, pen name of a 17th century Peruvian female poet

Pop Culture References for the name Clarinda

Clarinda, character in Spenser's epic The Faerie Queene
Clarinda, name given by Scottish poet Robert Burns to Agnes Maclehose
Clarinda, a major character in The Virtuoso, a play first produced in 1676
Clarinda, a major character in The Lovers' Progress, an early 17th-century play
Clarinda, a character in The Deserving Favourite, another early 17th-century play
Clarinda, a character in the play The Sea Voyage, licensed for performance in 1622
"Clarinda," 1948 novel by Vicki Baum, also published as Headless Angel
Lady Clarinda, character in Thomas Love Peacock's 1831 novel Crotchet Castle