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Clara

Clara, Claire (f) The immense popularity of this name in
England in the 1970’s has influenced Scottish parents,
who are now using the name as never before. Claire is
the French form of Latin Clara, though the latter appears
more often in English as Clare. The name derives from a
word meaning ‘clear’ or ‘bright’. Derivatives include
Clarissa — made famous in the eighteenth century by
Samuel Richardson’s novel, Clarissa Harlowe (1744) —
Clarice and Claribel. Robert Burns wrote a poem to
Clarinda, ‘mistress of my soul.’ In the nineteenth
century Clara was a popular form. This had the Gaelic
form Sorcha, ‘bright.

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