Clara Name Meaning & Origin

Clara

Pronunciation: KLAY-rə, KLA-rə (key)

Origin of the name Claire:

Derived from the Latin clārus (bright, clear, famous). Clare is a common name throughout Europe and the British Isles, its popularity once due in part to the fame of St. Clare of Assisi (c. 1193 - 1253). The Italian nun who founded the order of the Poor Clares.

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Claire, Clare, Klara

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Nicknames for Clara

Clarie, Clare, Clary, Clari, Clarita, Clarabella, Cla, Lala, Clarikins

Meanings and history of the name Clara

Clara comes from the Latin "clarus", (the feminine form is "clara"), meaning "famous, brilliant".

Famous real-life people named Clara

Clara Barton, American who founded the Red Cross
Clara Bow, "It Girl" of the silver screen (first "It Girl" ever). She was the leading lady in the movie "Wings", which won the very first Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. She clearly mastered the art of pantomime. She became known as the quintessential flapper.
Clara Schumann, pianist and wife of the composer Robert Schumann.
Clara Hughes, Canadian speed skater and cyclist. She has won multiple Olympic medals in both sports and is the flag-bearer for the Canadian team in the 2010 Olympics.
Clara Kimball Young, silent film actress

Clara in song, story & screen

Clara Lukasiak, the younger sister of Chloe Lukasiak and daughter of Christi Lukasiak
Clara is the lovely heroine of ballet "The Nutcracker".
Clarabelle is one of the coaches that Thomas the Train pulls.
Clarabelle the Cow, Disney character
In the movie Heidi, Heidi teaches Clara (Klara) to walk again.
Clara, strong female character in Lonesome Dove (book and miniseries)
Clara, the kind and telepathic mother in Isabel Allende's 'House of the Spirits'
Clara, Doc's love interest in Back to the Future lll
Clara Johnson, the heroine of the novel and Broadway musical "The Light in The Piazza"
Clara Page, character in "This Side of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Clara Cluck, Disney character
Clara Oswin Oswald, one of the Doctor's companion in the British Sci-Fi series, Doctor Who.
Clara Montoya, American Girl Josefina's older sister
Clara, Samantha's doddering old aunt on Bewitched

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