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Clara

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275k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Clara mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Clara

"Clara" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Illustrious". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

Latin clara, feminine of clarus, "bright, shining, clear", a post-classical name made famous by the 13th century Saint Clara (Clare) of Assisi.

  1. A female given name.

Clara was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Clara

Clara Barton was a nurse, humanitarian, founder, first president of the american red cross, nursing, and humanitarianism. Clara was given the name Clarissa Harlowe Barton on December 25th, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts. She breathed her last breath on April 12th, 1912.

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Clara Bow was an actress and actor. She holds the title True To The Navy. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1921 to 1933. Clara was given the name Clara Gordon Bow on July 29th, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. She breathed her last breath on September 27th, 1965.

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Clara was born on February 28th, 1912 in Rome, Italy. She left this life on April 28th, 1945.

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Clara Schumann was a pianist and composer. Clara was given the name Clara Josephine Wieck on September 13th, 1819 in Leipzig. She passed away on May 20th, 1896.

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Clara Paget is a model and actress with next management. Clara was given the name Clara Elizabeth Isis Paget by her parents Charles Paget and 8th Marquess of Anglesey on September 12th, 1988. Clara is also known as Tara.

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Patti Page was a traditional pop music and country music musician. She holds the title Old Cape Cod". Her career lasted from 1946 to 2012. Patti was given the name Clara Ann Fowler on November 8th, 1927 in Claremore, Oklahoma, United States. She left this life on January 1st, 2013.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Clara

Clara is an actor, model (people), actress, and model. She was most prominent from 2005 to present. Clara was given the name Lee Sung-min on January 15th, 1985 in Bern.

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María Clara is a monasticism.

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Max was born on February 12th, 1899 in Völs am Schlern. He breathed his last breath on March 13th, 1966.

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Didia was born in 153.

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She holds the title Duchess of Mantua, Montferrat, and Duchess of MantuaandMontferrat. Isabella was born as the child of Leopold V, Archduke of Austria, and Claudia de' Medici on August 12th, 1629. She breathed her last breath on February 24th, 1685.

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Josep was born in 1878. He breathed his last breath in 1958.

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How popular is the baby name Clara in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,234 1,226 8 #12 girl name
1881 1,247 1,242 5 #11 girl name
1882 1,490 1,490 0 #11 girl name
1883 1,557 1,548 9 #10 girl name
1884 1,864 1,852 12 #8 girl name
1885 1,916 1,910 6 #7 girl name
1886 1,931 1,916 15 #9 girl name
1887 1,993 1,984 9 #8 girl name
1888 2,240 2,230 10 #11 girl name
1889 2,328 2,319 9 #10 girl name
1890 2,496 2,496 0 #9 girl name
1891 2,370 2,360 10 #11 girl name
1892 2,673 2,661 12 #10 girl name
1893 2,541 2,532 9 #11 girl name
1894 2,612 2,603 9 #11 girl name
1895 2,624 2,613 11 #12 girl name
1896 2,596 2,582 14 #14 girl name
1897 2,454 2,454 0 #15 girl name
1898 2,731 2,731 0 #14 girl name
1899 2,448 2,441 7 #14 girl name
1900 2,838 2,826 12 #19 girl name
1901 2,335 2,319 16 #18 girl name
1902 2,440 2,432 8 #21 girl name
1903 2,352 2,342 10 #20 girl name
1904 2,294 2,281 13 #24 girl name
1905 2,405 2,397 8 #22 girl name
1906 2,239 2,228 11 #27 girl name
1907 2,331 2,319 12 #29 girl name
1908 2,364 2,352 12 #31 girl name
1909 2,415 2,403 12 #32 girl name
1910 2,678 2,665 13 #32 girl name
1911 2,702 2,691 11 #33 girl name
1912 3,492 3,480 12 #34 girl name
1913 3,642 3,633 9 #36 girl name
1914 4,255 4,240 15 #37 girl name
1915 5,305 5,285 20 #38 girl name
1916 5,564 5,544 20 #39 girl name
1917 5,643 5,626 17 #41 girl name
1918 5,800 5,778 22 #43 girl name
1919 5,421 5,404 17 #43 girl name
1920 5,486 5,470 16 #44 girl name
1921 5,627 5,606 21 #45 girl name
1922 5,143 5,125 18 #47 girl name
1923 5,149 5,134 15 #49 girl name
1924 5,007 4,989 18 #56 girl name
1925 4,797 4,775 22 #55 girl name
1926 4,485 4,463 22 #61 girl name
1927 4,389 4,367 22 #63 girl name
1928 4,127 4,102 25 #65 girl name
1929 4,179 4,149 30 #65 girl name
1930 4,155 4,123 32 #64 girl name
1931 3,929 3,900 29 #61 girl name
1932 3,589 3,561 28 #70 girl name
1933 3,432 3,414 18 #67 girl name
1934 3,245 3,223 22 #76 girl name
1935 3,081 3,067 14 #81 girl name
1936 2,703 2,682 21 #91 girl name
1937 2,591 2,573 18 #100 girl name
1938 2,678 2,662 16 #98 girl name
1939 2,466 2,450 16
1940 2,326 2,315 11
1941 2,311 2,299 12
1942 2,256 2,247 9
1943 2,097 2,083 14
1944 1,940 1,933 7
1945 1,799 1,799 0
1946 1,925 1,914 11
1947 1,934 1,934 0
1948 1,800 1,793 7
1949 1,716 1,711 5
1950 1,579 1,573 6
1951 1,549 1,549 0
1952 1,510 1,510 0
1953 1,390 1,384 6
1954 1,184 1,184 0
1955 1,302 1,297 5
1956 1,158 1,148 10
1957 1,109 1,109 0
1958 1,030 1,030 0
1959 987 982 5
1960 914 914 0
1961 879 879 0
1962 797 797 0
1963 756 751 5
1964 698 698 0
1965 569 569 0
1966 551 551 0
1967 517 512 5
1968 416 416 0
1969 416 416 0
1970 357 357 0
1971 343 338 5
1972 366 366 0
1973 332 332 0
1974 316 316 0
1975 337 337 0
1976 312 312 0
1977 297 297 0
1978 287 287 0
1979 342 342 0
1980 398 391 7
1981 320 320 0
1982 326 326 0
1983 315 310 5
1984 319 319 0
1985 357 357 0
1986 387 387 0
1987 404 404 0
1988 418 418 0
1989 430 424 6
1990 471 466 5
1991 525 525 0
1992 536 536 0
1993 593 593 0
1994 588 588 0
1995 659 659 0
1996 664 664 0
1997 649 649 0
1998 762 762 0
1999 784 784 0
2000 869 869 0
2001 954 954 0
2002 1,024 1,024 0
2003 1,053 1,053 0
2004 1,163 1,163 0
2005 1,324 1,324 0
2006 1,499 1,494 5
2007 1,549 1,549 0
2008 1,647 1,647 0
2009 1,647 1,647 0
2010 1,838 1,838 0
2011 2,080 2,073 7
2012 2,332 2,332 0
2013 2,504 2,504 0
2014 2,848 2,848 0
2015 3,058 3,058 0 #98 girl name
2016 3,060 3,055 5 #99 girl name

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Popularity of Clara as a first name

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Popularity of Clara as a last name

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Common last names for Clara

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Nelson
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Clara U.S.
  White 15.20% 64.26%
  African American 2.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.09% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 80.71% 16.26%

Of Last Name Clara

People with the last name Clara are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Clara

  • How Popular is the name Clara? Clara is the 266th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Clara was the 99th most popular name. As a last name Clara was the 23,205th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Clara have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 275,176 babies born with the first name Clara in the United States. That's more than enough people named Clara to occupy the country of Barbados with an estimated population of 274,200 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Clara? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,234 new born babies.
  • When was Clara first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Clara is Monday, October 3rd, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Clara born? The highest recorded use of the first name Clara was in 1918 with a total of 5,778 babies. That's a lot of babies named Clara!
  • Random Clara Factoid: According to the 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clara ranks 45th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, 261 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1924.
  • Weird things about the name Clara: Your name in reverse order is Aralc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lcara. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Clara? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,099 people with the last name Clara.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Clara? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Clara as their last name since less than 1 person in 270k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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