Clara - I'm having second thoughts at 35 weeks...

(29 Posts)
JaffaSnaffle Fri 05-Oct-12 12:42:00

Having been adamant for months that I want to call my second daughter Clara, I'm having a last minute wobble.

I still think it is a lovely name, but I'm worrying that it sounds a bit hard and grown up.

Also, I have an acquaintance, who is quite an opinionated pushy mum, and her daughter is called Lara. Is she going to think I'm sort of copying her?

shoppingtrolley Fri 05-Oct-12 12:52:23

Don't worry at all about Lara's mum!
Clara is a beautiful name. You can call her Clarey too, which is really lovely and a bit softer.

JaffaSnaffle Fri 05-Oct-12 14:06:35

Thank you. I think it is just last minute nerves. I am still worried about Lara's mum though!

Beamur Fri 05-Oct-12 14:07:57

It's a lovely name.
Doesn't matter what the other woman thinks.

Pancakeflipper Fri 05-Oct-12 14:08:59

You could call her Clara and then use Clarry as nickname and see if your friend follows suit and calls her daughter Larry ?

TheCountessOlenska Fri 05-Oct-12 14:09:03

Clara is lovely - good choice!

rooted Fri 05-Oct-12 14:09:26

I have a 2 year old Clara, I obviously love the name and gets lots of compliments on it. Her sister can't quite pronounce her name and calls her lala which is cute too. I don't think it is too grown up a name but a name that will age well with her.

septemberpie Fri 05-Oct-12 14:10:00

It's a beautiful name and was my second choice for dd. I think it is a good thing to give a name that will grow up with your child. Some names sound lovely for a little girl but perhaps not so great for an adult!

TheWave Fri 05-Oct-12 14:10:26

I really like Clara too.

YouMayLogOut Fri 05-Oct-12 14:10:30

Clara is a lovely name smile I think it suits all ages.

Don't even think about the acquaintance, her opinion is really not relevant.

tiredteddy Fri 05-Oct-12 14:12:00

Clara is beautiful. I'm trying also to think and choose a name that will be long term suitable for our dd. many girls names seem too cutesy and suitable for little girls. I have my heart set on Fern for our dd. quite grown up too. But babies become their names as their little personalities emerge. Clara is a beautiful strong name and also that of my favourite dolly when I was little!

LegArmpits Fri 05-Oct-12 14:12:29

Aw, yes, go on. It suited me then and it suits me still now! (And there's not many of us.)

WizardofOs Fri 05-Oct-12 14:14:03

It is a very pretty name and I would not say it is at all hard or grown-up but she will be a grown-up far longer than she is a child.

I see stacks of babies in my job and have not come across another Clara so it is not too popular either.

whatinthewhatnow Fri 05-Oct-12 14:16:02

Clara is a lovely name, not hard at all, but a lovely girl's name and a beautiful woman's name. I loved it and it was on my list for DD.

lakeofshiningwaters Fri 05-Oct-12 16:48:10

Love it, go with it. Imaginary dd2 is called Clara smile

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Fri 05-Oct-12 16:49:45

I love Clara and if dp's ex hadn't been Clare I would have definitely short-shortlisted it for dd.

Go for it.

Dogsmom Fri 05-Oct-12 17:19:43

My Aunt was Clara, it was pronounced 'Clair-a' so is dissimilar to Lara.

A1980 Sun 07-Oct-12 20:52:11

Oh how lovely: she will be born near Christmas and it reminds me of Clara from the Nutcracker Ballet. It's great!

nappyaddict Wed 10-Oct-12 11:44:09

Are you pronouncing it like Claire with an A on the end or like Lara with a C at the beginning?

JaffaSnaffle Wed 10-Oct-12 19:54:51

Like Lara with a C at the beginning

elizaregina Wed 10-Oct-12 20:59:24

i used to want to be called clara after Heidi childrens tv series when i was little, her gorg friend was called clara.

LegArmpits Wed 10-Oct-12 21:01:31

The pronunciation would be your only sticking point. Mine is said the same as Dogsmom's Aunt, but people ALWAYS say it the other way. Either way is lovely though.

ThePieWhoLovedMe Wed 10-Oct-12 22:24:37

Lovely name - forget about the Lara, life is too short. If you are really having second thoughts how about Carla, Carrie Callee or Carly.

One of my favourite names when I was little.....very distinguished and clean sounding!

Metronomy Thu 11-Oct-12 09:41:12

I love Clara. It's pretty, yet strong. Timeless! Don't worry about the Lara thing; they are different names, just happen to rhyme.

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