Gender: Masculine
Origin: South Slavic Ведран
Meaning: “clear; cheerful.”

The name is from the South Slavic adjective, vedar, meaning, “clear; cheerful.”

As of 2009, Vedran was the 76th most popular male name in Croatia.

A feminine form is Vedrana.



Gender: Masculine
Origin: English
Meaning: “shining.”

The name is derived from the Latin title clarensis which was used among British royalty. It is believed the name first caught on as a given name in the 19th-century.

In 1900, it was the 17th most popular make name in the United States. Though it never reached the top 10, it consistently remained in the U.S. top 100 until around 1951. As of 2010, it was the 983rd most popular male name in the United States.

The name has also occasionally been used in France and in the Spanish-speaking world. In Poland it has been Polonized as Klarencjusz. The designated name-day being April 26.

It was born by early ACLU pioneer, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) and is currently born by U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas (b.1948).


  2.  H. Fros, F. Sowa, Księga imion i świętych, t. 3, Kraków 1998.

Skaidra, Skaidrė

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latvian/Lithuanian
Meaning: “clear; serene, pure.”
Lith (SKADE-dray; SKADE-rah)
Lithuanian pronunciation can be heard here

The name is derived from the Baltic element, skaidri, meaning “clear, serene, pure.”

In Lithuania, its designated name-day is April 4, while in Latvia it is February 28.

Another Lithuanian form is Skaidruolė and another Latvian form is Skaidrite.

Skaidrė is also the name of a village in Lithuania.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “bright; clear; pure.”

The name is derived from the Lithuanian, skaisti, meaning, “clear, bright; pure.”

Another form is Skaistuolė, which literally means “virgin” (sky-STWOH-lay)

The masculine forms are Skaistis and Skaistys.

The designated name-day is January 22.

Chiara, Clara, Clare, Claire

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “clear; see through”

    Chiara (kee-AH-rah), (KYAH-rah), has been in usage in Italy since the early Middle Ages. Chiara is also the Italian feminine adjective for the word, chiaro meaning, “clear” or “bright.”

    It was borne by Saint Chiara d’Assisi. (1194-1253). She was a companion of St. Francis of Assisi, both of whom believed in self-mortification and helping the poor. Chiara decided to start an order, known as the Poor Clares, while Francis went off to start his own order known as the Franciscans.

    Chiara is still a very popular first name in Italy. In 2006, she was the 5th most popular female name.

    The French form of Claire, also came into usage during the early Middle Ages. No doubt due to the cult of the male St. Clair of Dauphine, the patron saint of tailors.

    The name came to England via the Normans in the form of Clare, and the male Latin form of Clarus was borne by a British saint of Rochester, a Benedictine monk. Both forms of Clare and Clara were very popular prior to the Reformation in England and both names were revived during the 19th century.

    In recent years, for whatever reason, the French spelling of Claire has often times been the preferred choice among American parents. In 2008, Claire came in at # 62 in the U.S  Top 1,00o Female Names, while its elder English counterpart of Clare came in at # 679. In fact, even the Latinate version of Clara is far more prevalent than Clare, coming in at # 206.

    Clara/Klara is a popular choice throughout Northern and Central Europe.

    Other forms of the name include:

    • Clarice (English/French/Italian)
    • Clarissa (English)
    • Klára (Hungarian/Czech)
    • Claritia (Latin)
    • Claritta (Romansch)
    • Bistra/Jasna (Serbo-Croatian/Slovene: both literally mean “light; clear” and are used as indigenous cognates)
    • Clarisa (Spanish)
    • Clarita (Spanish: initially a diminutive form, commonly used as an independent given name)

    Diminutive forms are the French, Clairette, the Italian, Chiaretta, Chiarina and Claretta.

    There is the masculine Latin form of Clarus and the French masculine form of Clair.