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    Chiara?

    I'm expecting our second child toward the end of January and can already tell that naming will be a challenge. We don't know the sex of the baby yet but have only really talked about girls names so far since boy names are currently much more difficult. We have a currently short list of names, mostly recycled from last pregnancy, but are trying to come up with some fresh ones.

    I threw out Chiara the other day and was surprised that my husband really liked it! Neither of us are Italian, but we're currently living in a country where the name and its spelling are well known and used.

    I'm still turning the name over in my mind though. I think it's very beautiful in sound and like the meaning but am still unsure.

    Chiara was a favorite of mine back in high school, but I had since forgotten about her and now she feels a bit dusty. Does anyone else find her a bit dated, or is this just me?

    I'm also unsure about the name since there's such an obvious English parallel - Clara or Claire - that Chiara sounds a bit like we're trying too hard? Older brother has a very uncommon family name of European origin, so a name like Chiara would fit in with our family.

    I'm not too concerned about spelling issues if we do go back to the US. I don't love the name spelled as Kiara.

    I appreciate any comments!!
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    Chiara is lovely! I like Chiara or Ciara (Gaelic spelling), & agree that Kiara is definitely not as pretty. I think it's sweet on a little one, but beautiful & sophisticated for a grown woman.
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    I really like Chiara! It might get a few mispronunciations, but for me, it's actually quite clear. It feels familiar but distinctive, pretty but tough!
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    I really love Chiara, it's got such a pretty sound!
    I admit to liking the spelling Kiara best, but if you don't love it then never mind!
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    I don't see Chiara as dated at all, but definitely eurocentric. However, that isn't a bad thing. If big brother has a very European name, then I think Chiara would work beautifully.

    Personally I've always associated Clara with Western Europe, and Claire with France specifically, so though I see Chiara as definitely Italian, I don't think it feels MORE European than Clara or Claire, just a different country of origin. Looking at your signature, it seems that underused, European names are your style, so I think you're correct that Chiara would fit right in with your family.
    M____, Chiara, Euan, and Ianthe, perhaps?

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    Chiara is gorgeous! I've always had a soft spot for her. It doesn't feel at all dated and does, in fact, feel fresh and modern. I agree that it gives off a very European vibe, which I like (I tend to gravitate more towards European sounding names for some reason, haha).
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    I love the name Chiara and would have considered it for my daughter were it not already used in my extended family. I say go for it! Also, I used a French name for my daughter despite not being French so I personally don’t think it matters at all that you’re not Italian.

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    I think Chiara is lovely and doesn't feel dated at all to me.

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    I know a 4-year-old Chiara so it doesn't seem old to me at all. It's lovely!

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    Thank you all so much for your comments! I'm definitely very happy to see the love for Chiara here...that definitely helps me feel more comfortable with the name
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