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Clara is a very sophisticated-sounding name. It simply rolls off the tongue.
Andrea1991  6/11/2005
I used to think Clara was an awful name. But I've come to realize it's not bad at all. I like it.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2005
Clara actually means clear, bright.
rinkachic  8/4/2005
Clara is the name of the main girl in the ballet The Nutcracker.
miraclegirl80  10/14/2005
A famous bearer of this name was American silent film actress Clara Bow.
alberto  11/17/2005
Another famous historical figure to bear the name Clara is Clara Wieck Schumann, a renowned composer and pianist of the Romantic period. She was quite beautiful and married Robert Schumann, and befriended Johannes Brahms, two other prominent romantic period musicians. She was one of the few women in this field and pursued it while taking care of seven children. She was an amazing person, and the reason I started liking the name Clara so much.
― Anonymous User  11/30/2005
My name is Clara and I think it's a cool name because it means clear, bright!
angel101  1/3/2006
Clara is my name, and I absolutely LOVE it! Also, I pronounce it clair-uh, FYI. I've heard it pronounced klah-ruh, and I dislike that a lot.
claraelizabethann  2/27/2006
My sisters name is Clara, she loves it! It is a very old fasioned name, and I have never met anyone by the name of Clara, except for my sis of course! Clara Barton started the American Red Cross.
Miamaya  3/2/2006
My name is Clara pronounced like Klaire-Uh and I love it so much!
claraannmaris  4/28/2006
This is my grandmother's name, she has never liked it and thus goes by her middle name, but I have always thought it was quite lovely.
kateyvic  6/28/2006
In the opera "The Light in The Piazza" Clara is the main girl who falls in love with an Italian boy named Fabrizio and whose mother tries to keep them apart.
― Anonymous User  7/4/2006
In Germany, Klara is used more often than Clara. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  7/19/2006
I have never really liked this name. I don't mind the name Claire though.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2006
I love this name - it's old-fashioned yet isn't very popular so it could be made into something really modern and individual when teamed with another name, such as Clara-Leigh, Clara-Rose, Clara-Elle or Clara-Tilly.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2006
I think Clara is an elegant, delicate name.
lezzie  8/10/2006
I don't like the name Clara because I think of Clarabell the clown or of a cow (I have a friend who named her cow Clara).
― Anonymous User  9/18/2006
I think this is one of the most beautiful names in the world. I think it suits a little girl, but is elegant and classy enough for a woman. It is relatively uncommon and has a pretty sound - how could you not love this name? This will be my first daughter's name without a doubt!
The Little Hyphen  11/12/2006
I much prefer the pronunciation Klah-ruh to Klair-ah.
Druid  12/14/2006
Clara Petacci (Claretta Petacci) (February 28, 1912 – April 28, 1945) was a young Roman girl from an upper-class family who became Benito Mussolini's mistress. Her father had been the personal physician to the Pope. She was twenty-nine years younger than Mussolini.

When Mussolini was captured by Communist partisans in April 1945, it is said that Petacci was offered the opportunity to escape, but she firmly refused and instead tried to protect Mussolini with her body. The Duce was then shot immediately after her. On the following day, April 29, 1945, at the Piazzale Loreto in Milan, Mussolini and Petacci's bodies, along with four others, were hanged upside down at an Esso gas station and photographed as a crowd vented their rage upon them.

Petacci is apparently respectfully considered in Italy; without reference to politics, but only as a woman who did not abandon the man she loved in times of trouble.
sweetbabe  12/18/2006
Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann (September 13, 1819 – May 20, 1896), wife of composer Robert Schumann, was one of the leading pianists of the Romantic era as well as a composer.
sweetbabe  12/18/2006
I've never heard an American say "Clara", so maybe they rhyme it with Sarah. But I've heard plenty of English (UK) people say it, plus many radio announcers introducing or referring to Dame Clara Butt, and they've all used the Continental pronunciation (ah, not air) with one exception: the parents of a child who must be in her twenties now but was a toddler when I met her parents; they explained that they had been unable to choose between Sarah and Clare when she was born, so they merged them. And this caused genuine surprise. A lot can change in twenty years, of course. I'd be interested to know!
Anneza  2/6/2007
I just don't like the sound of this name, reminds me of clowns and cows. Not that I don't like clowns or cows, it just this name I don't like. I much prefer Claire which is more elegant.
― Anonymous User  3/14/2007
In Spanish this also means "clear" or "light".
michi_vane  5/8/2007
I think Clara was a character in the book Heidi.
― Anonymous User  7/21/2007
Yes, Clara was a character in Heidi. It's also the name of Dean's younger sister on Gilmore Girls.
Evil  8/6/2007
I have also seen the name spelt "Claira".
CharlieRob  8/19/2007
You also have Clara Hitler, Adolf's mom. I guess the poor woman is not to blame for having such a monster of a son.
My daughter's name is Clara for no other reason that I like it. But of all the famous bearers, I choose Clara Schumann, a woman ahead of her time.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2007
Clara del Valle Trueba is the name of a visionary/telekinetic character in Isabel Allende's "The House of the Spirits."
Kaia  9/23/2007
My Italian grandmother is called Clara. I think it is a lovely name.
Lynsey777  1/3/2008
This is my middle name, and though I don't use it much, I like it a lot. I pronounce it Clar-ah or, as other people here have been saying, Clah-ruh. 2 of my great-grandmothers had this name, one of whom was Swiss.
Daroga  1/30/2008
Princess Clara from Drawn Together is a famous bearer! :D
Jesus_Freak  2/16/2008
A beautiful name. I much perfer it to be spelled Claira, as that's kind of uncommon and looks much better on paper.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2008
I absolutely adore the name Clara. I loved it since I was a little girl and wanted this name to be mine. :) I am from Czech Republic and the name is spelled Klara there. We named our little girl Clara, we chose spelling with C since we live in US and it also seems a bit softer to me. I also love the meaning of the name, which some of you noted already: clear, bright. My choice of pronunciation is Clar-ah. We also call our daughter Clarka or Clarinka.
ivi77  4/2/2008
How has anyone not mentioned Clara Bow, the original Hollywood It-Girl? I love the name Clara, but only when pronounced the European way- Clah-ra, not claire-uh.
popsismyidol  4/26/2008
When I was younger, I thought this name was a hideous grandmother name. However, even though the Finnish equivalent Klaara certainly is old-fashioned, this name is very pretty in English, and it's pretty in other languages too, as long as the vowel sound in the first syllable is SHORT. This is very important, because otherwise it does sound grandmotherly and unattractive. I don't see why this name should sound much worse than Sara, Tara, and the awesome name Kara. It's a pretty, simple name that doesn't sound tacky, trashy, or immature.
slight night shiver  5/18/2008
Clara is the name Gregory Maguire used for the Cinderella figure in his novel 'Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister,' an adult retelling of Cinderella.
LittleGavroche  8/3/2008
Actor Ewan McGregor has a daughter named Clara Mathilde.
Lady_Skywalker  10/2/2008
I prefer the pronunciation "KLAH-rah" to "KLER-uh", but this is a lovely name nonetheless; simple yet elegant, not excessively popular, unique without the immature trendiness that seems to sell these days, and just plain lovely and dignified.
gaelruadh19  2/6/2009
Clara Clayton was the lady that "Doc" Emmet Brown married in Back to the Future III.
ICEyun  2/24/2009
Listen to the German pronunciation of Clara here:
_satu_  5/11/2009
Clara is a beautiful name. Much less common than Claire, which is also pretty but Clara sounds more exotic and foreign.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2009
Clara Cluck, a character from the Disney cartoons who is a hen and the best friend of Daisy Duck.

I've never quite understood why people tend to associate this name with the cow Clarabelle from Disney, when there is a character with the name Clara!
SandSea  2/20/2010
Clara. Two syllables. Short, simple, pretty sound. Okay, I know it won't dazzle people with any exoticism or original glamour, but I'm irrevocably in love with Clara. It has this Poe-esque, Gothic sophistication and poetic beauty about it. Clara seems like a Gothic Lolita name to me, as I picture porcelain-faced ladies with dark or auburn ringlets, white roses, corsets, 19th-century vampire novels and romanesque cathedrals (all of which are lovely things to me).
shotgun_wedding  3/15/2010
Wow, shotgun_wedding, you nailed it for me! That's a perfect description of the picture in my mind when I think of Clara--very "Po-esque," as you said. (Well, Clara Bow also works her way into the picture as well, as she's so iconic.)

Anyway, I absolutely love Clara--my favorite variation of all the "Claire/Clare" names (of which there are quite a few).
erb816  6/23/2010
I think the name Clara is so pretty! I have a bad habit of shortening everything so if I ever named my daughter this I would probably (unintentionally) call her Clare an awful lot. But that's okay because I like Clare too! Clara's a charming little name that I would seriously consider using. I'm picturing the monograms now.
Melissa_77  3/25/2010
I think this name is really sweet! As to the pronunciation thing, I don't know I guess I'm not really a stickler for that. I tried to think about it and I said both "clare-uh" and "clah-ruh" in my head. Neither one sounds wrong, you know? To me it's like "Sare-uh" and "Sah-ruh" or "Meg-an" and "Mae-gan." Having been born in the mid-90s I know a lot of girls with both those names in their various spellings and I've only met one person who was adamant about the pronunciation.
tigerlily0909  10/13/2010
This site, as have others, says Clara is the #4 name in France. Knowing that it definitely sounds like a little French girl to me. Even if it didn't originate there, it is certainly used there.
Shouldn't it be listed as a French name as well?
tigerlily0909  10/13/2010
Famous fictional bearers - Clara Copperfield, the lovely young mother of Dicken's David Copperfield - and Clara Peggoty, her servant and confidante, who's also David's nurse.
Just Jonquil  11/7/2010
It's quite boring. I don't see the hype. Sorry.
Chrila96  11/17/2010
This is such a lovely name! I love it the sound of Clara Juliet.
Liesl  11/18/2010
Famed country singer Loretta Lynn's mother was named Clara.
StrangeFate  1/23/2011
I love the name Clara. It's my name and I wouldn't want it to be anything else because it's uncommon claissie elegant and really pretty. I love it :D
clara lover  4/19/2011
This name is in the word declaration.
Hushpuppy  6/30/2011
Clara is one of my favourite names - so beautiful and glamourous.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
Clara Hughes is a famous Canadian with this name. She has won six Olympic medals- both in the summer (cycling) and winter (speed skating) olympics. It seems a lot of strong women throughout history have had this name. It is my daughter's name and I love it! It is soft, feminine and cute, but also strong and sophisticated enough for a grown woman.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2011
My name is Clara. I pronounce it Claire-uh, but I don't mind the pronunciation in the UK at all (Clah-ruh sounds fine to me). I think it's a very pretty name, and I rarely meet anyone with the same name. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is so easily confused with Claire. A lot of the time when I introduce myself, people don't get the second syllable and start calling me Claire. I've started emphasizing the -uh a little more when I introduce myself, which makes the name sound a little weird. It can also be irritating to have to spell out your name to so many people, as Clara isn't common in the US (where I live). However, most people do pronounce the name correctly when they read it, so if you name your child this, they won't be the kid in school who constantly corrects new teachers and substitute teachers. In general, a pretty good name, but it has some drawbacks.
― Anonymous User  8/30/2011
I personally dislike this name... Something about the sound of it just annoys me. I do like similar sounding names like Laura, but this specific one probably irks me for several reasons.

1. Klara Wagner, an online "artist" infamous for posting pictures of herself in various states of undress on the internet, bears a form of this name.
2. The C and R sounds close together. No matter what accent you speak with, it sounds harsh.
3. I'm in Australia, and in rural areas this name would be horribly butchered. In more urban areas like where I live, where the accents are easier on the ears, it isn't a problem, but in rural areas it would be pronounced as 'Claaaaaah-raaaaaah' with the A's sounding somewhat like a cross between the long A sound and short U sound (the sort of accent Australian characters typically have in non-Australian movies). Names that rhyme with Clara (such as Tara, Lana etc.) have the same problem.
the_awesome_elf  10/31/2011
It's a good name, though I prefer Cara. Clara makes me picture a sweet little girl with long blond curls and a mischievous side.
Black_X  11/8/2011
In John Sanford's novel "Certain Prey", one of the antagonists is a hitwoman named Clara Rinker.
Black_X  11/8/2011
What an intriguing name... "Clara" has been tugging on the strings of my being for quite some time. It is simple, yet unexpectedly stunning; simple, yet thrillingly mysterious.

Regardless, I do believe that I favor the variations "Claire" and "Clare" slightly more than the radiant "Clara."
Francesca  1/24/2012
Clara Bow was an American actress who was popular during the silent film era.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2012
My cousin is called Clara, and she says it like klaruh, I prefer it like that to klareuh or however they say it.
Dizzy Mouse Rascal  9/1/2012
Actress Clara Kimball Young (1890-1960).
moonbaby9307  12/29/2012
Name given to the protagonist of the book "La casa de los Espíritus" or House of Spirits by author Isabel Allende in 1982.
rodibonilla  3/16/2013
This name is absolutely beautiful, pronounced either clair-ah or clah-rah. I'm glad to see its making a comeback!. In my opinion it's a lot more unique than Claire, and carries that old world charm as well :)
Oohvintage  5/29/2013
DalekLuna  7/18/2013
I love the name Clara! I'm pregnant with my first and, if it's a girl, Clara is definitely in the running for top names. I also love that Mark Twain's daughter was named Clara.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2014
My name is Clara, pronounced Clair-uh. I've always loved it, because it's really unique, I've only met 2 Clara's in my life and they were both briefly. My mom chose this name for me and she passed away when I was 5 from leukemia. I felt like one thing she left me was this beautiful, unique name that she decided I'd have. Though I don't know why she liked it, or her reasons for naming me Clara, I just feel like she couldn't have picked a better name for me. I'm 24 now and through the years I have thought some people who hear my name before meeting me might think I'm older or something because it's an older name. Last year I called to have my cable and internet hooked up and the guy came to my door and said "Is Clara here?" and I said "Yep, that's me" and he said "Wow, I wasn't expecting someone so young and pretty!" lol, but I love that, not only is it so unique but I feel I represent this unique name in a good way. I am just one Clara bringing it back, even though I've felt like the only Clara my whole life, and I love that too. I've had so many compliments on my name and ladies tell me they want to name their daughters Clara and questions about if I'm named after anyone, but I'm not named after anyone, and I guess I'll never be sure why my mom chose this name for me. But I'm forever happy with it and can't imagine having any other name! Thanks to my mom =)
Clara3377  11/24/2014
I love this name, let's hope it goes down in popularity by the time I have kids. I don't want my daughter to have the same name as everyone else, so let's pray Clara doesn't get too common.
Kathy D.  12/17/2014
Clara is such a lovely and wonderful name! ^^
― Anonymous User  1/31/2015
It's gorgeous. So strong and feminine at the same time. Just perfect for a girl.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2015
Clara is the name of the lovely old Hollywood actress, Clara Bow. It's also the name of bassist Flea's oldest daughter. I love this name! I think it's pretty.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2015
Clara is lovely. With the Claire trend starting to shoot down the slippery slopes, one can only hope Clara will take its place.
Obviously makes me think of The Nutcracker like anyone else. And no, I don't associate this name with a cow, if the name had Bell/Belle at the end maybe I would ~ don't see what's so bad about that though.
― Anonymous User  2/27/2015
Clara is such a gorgeous name, pronounced CLAIRE-ah. I love it. Beautiful, elegant, old-fashioned, girly.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2015
I never liked the "Clair-uh" pronunciation of Clara, because I always thought it sounded so undistinguished. I liked this name even before I saw Jenna Coleman's Clara Oswald on Doctor Who, although the show strengthened my likening for it.
callie_dove  10/26/2015
Lovely, lovely name. I prefer the pronunciation of Clair-uh rather than Clar-uh.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2016
The name is also used in Sweden, and Denmark. [noted -ed]
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
Clara is a really elegant name. The meaning suits her: I imagine a beautiful blonde girl in white clothes, who is kind and frank. I find the name Clara refreshing and youthful in this century.
HerculePoirot  3/25/2016
This name is simply beautiful. Every positive adjective can be used to describe it. If you are considering this name for your little girl, some combos I have that you more than welcome to take a look at are:

Clara Josephine
Ingrid Clara.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2016
I like it a bit better than Claire, but not by much, as it still bores me. I can see a bit more personality in the name Clara than Claire -- perhaps the name of a writer or a soccer player. I still prefer Chiara, though.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/12/2016
This is like the most perfect, respectful name you can give to your daughter. It's pretty, but it's strong. It's absolutely amazing. It means "Bright, shining" and it's simple to spell and comprehend. It's does not sound DUMB like Kayla or Kaylee. It doesn't sound NERDY or pretentious like Elizabeth. It works in the old days, it works today. If I had a BFF who was going to have a girl, and she asked me for my advice on what to name her... Clara would be it.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2016
I don't like it, it's too "cutesy" sounding.
― Anonymous User  8/19/2016
Clara is the name of the little girl who dances in the Nutcracker, though her name is sometimes Marie. If I have a daughter, I'd like to combine the two and name her Clara Marie (as a first name, not a first and middle! Her middle name would be Isabelle). :)
dancingbear  1/2/2017
I prefer Clare, sorry but Clara sounds too baby-ish. It's pretty but not my favorite.
DundiculutNicholas  1/4/2017
My name is Clara and I'm proud.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2017
My three-year-old niece is Clara and I adore it! It is an old-fashioned name, my great-grandma's, but it has come back into trend recently. I much prefer "Clara" over the name "Claire" because I can't stop thinking of that line in "The Breakfast Club" about Claire being a fat-girl's name...

Plus, it is the little girl from the nutcracker!
jupeter24  5/18/2017
Clara Morgane is a French singer, media personality, TV host and former pornographic actress.
cutenose  7/15/2017
Clara Petacci, known as Claretta Petacci was a mistress of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and was executed with him by partisans. Petacci had a long-standing relationship with Mussolini while he was married to Rachele Mussolini. Benito was 28 years older than Petacci.
lilolaf  7/31/2017
Clara Strauch is a Swedish-American singer.
― Anonymous User  10/20/2017
I like the name Clara, although I prefer Klara, but Clara's still a very nice spelling. I pronounce it KLAH-ruh and this pronunciation appeals to me the most. I think it's a very elegant, feminine, but also strong name. When I think about this name I see a woman who is very sharp-minded, beautiful, talented, especially she loves literature, theatre and music, she's generally very into culture, she's very classy and elegant, but is also a very good woman with a big, open heart. Very generous, a good listener, really full of virtues. She has quite conservative views, can be very spiritual, is very sensitive and wise, you can talk with her about really serious, philosophical things, but she has also a very good sense of humour and likes a good joke. She's extroverted. She's very loving and caring for others, she hates lies, has a very strong will and is determined and hard-working, a bit of a perfectionist, often her self-esteem is either a bit too low or a bit too high.
mairinn  10/21/2017
I love the Clair-Uh pronunciation. Cla-Rah sounds harsh and weird to me.
Luvbug86  2/23/2018
Clara Oswald is amazing but it should be pronounced K-lar-ruh.
Isamoody  3/10/2018
My name is Clara, and I love it. It's really cool! I like the way it sounds sunny and bright, and also pretty.
lalalaladee  4/13/2018

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