Clara (given name)

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Gender female
Word/name Latin
Meaning clear, bright, famous
Other names
Related names Clare, Clair/Claire, Clarissa, Klara

Clara or Klara, is a female given name. It is the feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus which meant "clear, bright, famous". Various early male Christian saints were named Clarus; the feminine form became popular after the 13th-century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara in Italian), one of the followers of Saint Francis, who renounced her privileged background and founded the order of Poor Clares.

Clare was the main English form of the name used in the Middle Ages, but the Latin spelling Clara became more popular in the 19th century.[1]

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Given name
  • Aemilia Clara, a Roman woman who lived in the 2nd century
  • Didia Clara (born about 153), only child of the Roman Emperor Didius Julianus and Empress Manlia Scantilla

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  1. ^ Clara at Behind the Name