a feminine name: var. Clare, Clarice, Clarissa; equiv. Fr. Claire
Origin of Clara; from Classical Latin clara, feminine of clarus, bright, clear
(born Clarissa Harlowe Barton) 1821-1912; U.S. philanthropist: founder of the American Red Cross (1881)
- A female given name.
Latin clara, feminine of clarus, "bright, shining, clear", a post-classical name made famous by the 13th century Saint Clara (Clare) of Assisi.