The name Clara is of Latin origin and means "Illustrious." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Clara is the Latinized form of the name Claire/Clare.
Famous Claras include silent film actress Clara Bow, nurse Clara Barton, and American civil rights activist Clara Luper. Clara Schumann was a pianist in the 1800s
Fictional characters named Clara include the main character from the story and ballet The Nutcracker. Aunt Clara was a character in the television series Bewitched. Clara Oswald is a character in Doctor Who. Clara Cluck is one of the main characters in Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoons.