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Origin of the name CLARA.
Etymology of the name CLARA.
Meaning of the baby name CLARA.


CLARA.  Latin name meaning "clear, bright," also "famous."  Usage: America, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel (קלרה), Holland, Italy, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Wales.

... From the poor Clares, or sisters of St. Clara, the name spread into the adjoining countries, little varied except that the French used to call it Claire, until recently, when they have added the terminal a, just as the English on the other hand are dropping it, and making the word Clare. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

CLARA, CLARISSA, CLARE, etc.  The name of Clara, with its variants of Clarice, Clarissa, Clare, Clair, Clarinda, Claribel, Esclairmonde, and Clarimond, is derived from the Latin word clarus = "clear, bright, shining, brilliant to the sight", from clareo = "I am bright, I shine", or figuratively "I am renowned, illustrious", from which we have claresco = "I become illustrious, grow famous". (Girls' Christian Names, Swan, 1905)


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