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PronouncedPron.KLA-ra ItalianGermanSpanish
KLA-ru Portuguese
KLER-ə American English
KLAR-ə American English
KLAH-rə British English

Meaning & History

Feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus which meant "clear, bright, famous". The name Clarus was borne by a few early saints. The feminine form was popularized by the 13th-century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara in Italian), a friend and follower of Saint Francis, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages, originally in the form Clare, though the Latinate spelling Clara became more popular in the 19th century.
VariantsChiara Italian Klara German Claire, Clare, Claribel, Clarinda, Kiara English Klara Swedish Klara Danish
DiminutivesChiarina, Claretta Italian Clarette English
Masculine FormsClair English Clarus Late Roman
Other Languages & CulturesKlara Croatian Klára Czech Claire French Klára Hungarian Klara Icelandic Klāra Latvian Klara Norwegian Klara Polish Klara Russian Klára Slovak Klara Slovene Klara Ukrainian


Depiction of Saint Clare from a fresco in AssisiDepiction of Saint Clare from a fresco in Assisi


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