Claudia or Clara - straw poll please!

(79 Posts)
ComeAgain Mon 16-Sep-13 00:26:00

Which do you prefer? smile

lolalotta Mon 16-Sep-13 00:27:16

Claudia! grin

FriedSprout Mon 16-Sep-13 00:28:04


ToffeeCaramel Mon 16-Sep-13 00:30:43


MummyBeerest Mon 16-Sep-13 00:30:50


ModeratelyObvious Mon 16-Sep-13 00:36:02


NadiaWadia Mon 16-Sep-13 00:54:13


AurorasShoes Mon 16-Sep-13 01:17:21


mathanxiety Mon 16-Sep-13 01:18:31


ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Mon 16-Sep-13 01:19:02


LeoandBoosmum Mon 16-Sep-13 01:47:44


Clara. Not at all biased because of the Nutcracker, oh no!

RoadToTuapeka Mon 16-Sep-13 02:19:05


rachel234 Mon 16-Sep-13 08:42:38

The meaning of Claudia (the Latin claudus means disabled/lame) would put many off, I think.

Clara is fine, if a little trendy. How about Clare or Clarissa?

dyslexicdespot Mon 16-Sep-13 08:56:24

Clara- love it.

Slainte Mon 16-Sep-13 08:57:25

Claudia, though I like both.

flopsy1974 Mon 16-Sep-13 08:59:09

Definately Clara smile

CordeliaRose Mon 16-Sep-13 09:01:43

Claudia smile

smother Mon 16-Sep-13 09:01:49

Clara is much nicer

Saffyz Mon 16-Sep-13 09:11:02


GrandstandingBlueTit Mon 16-Sep-13 09:59:24


The meaning doesn't put me off in the slightest, and never has. It would have zero bearing on your Claudia. smile

Clara is nice but feels too, I dunno, dusty and prim.

MavisDee Mon 16-Sep-13 10:17:13



Sarahplane Mon 16-Sep-13 10:26:56


Locketjuice Mon 16-Sep-13 10:27:37

I know a chiara which is pretty too (key-are-ah)

JeanBodel Mon 16-Sep-13 10:29:11


JollySleepyGiant Mon 16-Sep-13 10:31:15

How is Claudia pronounced? Clawd-ia or Cloud-ia?

BopsX3 Mon 16-Sep-13 10:32:53

Clara smile

CruCru Mon 16-Sep-13 10:36:42


CornishFirstTimer22 Mon 16-Sep-13 11:50:16

Clara! Or Lara grin

charleslingus Mon 16-Sep-13 11:52:06


evamummy Mon 16-Sep-13 13:47:25

Clara or Cara or Lara definately.

Claudia has such an unfortunate meaning - I would hate my dd to ask me why we named her a name that is directly derived from the latin for disabled. There are so many other beautiful names with nicer or no meanings.

PandaWatch Mon 16-Sep-13 13:54:04

The name claudia predates the Emperor Claudius (from whom the association with lameness is derived). In roman mythology Claudia was a vestal virgin who saved her father from attack. I think it's lovely!

OurSpoonsCameFromJohnLewis Mon 16-Sep-13 13:54:05


thegreylady Mon 16-Sep-13 13:55:14

Clara is the prettier of the two.I think Claudia sounds a bit hard.

IslaValargeone Mon 16-Sep-13 13:56:42


MrsBungle Mon 16-Sep-13 13:59:24

I love both these names. I lean toward Clara, though.

Zoe678 Mon 16-Sep-13 20:38:34


FingersCrossedLegsNot Mon 16-Sep-13 20:39:37

Clara....very pretty!

alwaysneedaholiday Mon 16-Sep-13 20:44:01

Clara - love it!

usualsuspect Mon 16-Sep-13 20:44:39


Clara - if DS had been a DD probably would've been Clara.

kipplin Mon 16-Sep-13 21:28:28


AgathaPinchBottom Mon 16-Sep-13 21:46:39

Claudia is fab

picnicbasketcase Mon 16-Sep-13 21:52:23

Like both, but prefer Claudia. smile

peppapigmustdie Mon 16-Sep-13 23:20:21

Claudia, Clara for no (sane) reason reminds me of an Elephant.

SelectAUserName Tue 17-Sep-13 04:19:52


Clara always makes me think of Heidi and reminds me how irritating I found the character of Clara as a child. But I appreciate that's just me. grin

Wingebag Tue 17-Sep-13 04:22:30


CoolStoryBro Tue 17-Sep-13 04:29:38

Neither. Just go for Claire.

elcranko Tue 17-Sep-13 20:47:34


hawkmcqueen Tue 17-Sep-13 21:02:14

Beautiful meaning too :-))))
You better tell us what you pick in the end!!!

MortifiedAdams Tue 17-Sep-13 21:03:14


Clara sounds like a russion shot putter. id put it in the same category as Gertrude.

SanityClause Tue 17-Sep-13 21:13:03

Initial reaction was Claudia, but on reflection, I think I prefer Clara.

Karbea Tue 17-Sep-13 21:15:51

I love both of these names, I wasn't aware of the meaning of claudio, so with that in mind I'd say Clara.

Frikadellen Tue 17-Sep-13 22:55:47

I like both but prefer Claudia The meaning wouldntput me off

PipkinsPal Tue 17-Sep-13 22:58:13


FeelSoSilly Tue 17-Sep-13 23:07:48

Claudia - stunning name wink

Trixybelle Tue 17-Sep-13 23:08:24


BehindTheScenesAtTheMumseum Tue 17-Sep-13 23:14:42


ToffeeCaramel Thu 19-Sep-13 23:07:51

Behind The Scenes At The Mumseum is one of my favourite books BehindTheScenesAtTheMumseum

Eddiethehorse Fri 20-Sep-13 07:38:06


BehindTheScenesAtTheMumseum Fri 20-Sep-13 09:58:05

Me too ToffeeCaramel - also one of the first things I laid eyes on when casting about for a new MN name!

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 20-Sep-13 22:01:53

Clara - if it's Klar-ah.
Claudia - if it's Klaw-dia.

If it's Claire-ah/Cloud-ia then I'd choose neither.

JumpingJackSprat Fri 20-Sep-13 22:10:39


clara sounds prissy to me - and claire isnt great. claudia is timeless, beautiful and elegant.

karamcleod Fri 20-Sep-13 22:15:52


DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 20-Sep-13 22:28:35


barmybunting Fri 20-Sep-13 23:19:22

Clara. This has been one of my favourite names for 20 odd years. It seems to be rising in popularity now, but not too much. Easily pronounced, classic and beautiful.

Claudia is pretty, but I am never sure whether to say Clowdia or Clawdia if that makes sense?

MairzyDoats Fri 20-Sep-13 23:24:14

Claudia. Also love Claudie as a nn. Clara reminds me of the rich girl in a wheelchair in Heidi. Which isn't a bad thing, I rather liked her as a child, but Claudia is more elegant and stronger.

Sunnysummer Sat 21-Sep-13 13:27:48

Claudia! It is strong but doesn't have a clear stereotype to me - Claudia could be outgoing, elegant, feisty, thoughtful, sporty, musical or studious, all sorts...

Clara, on the other hand, sounds like a bit of a goody two shoes.

PigStack Sat 21-Sep-13 13:28:57



I always think people who let ancient meanings of names put them off a name they otherwise love are a bit daft. My name means princess but no bugger has ever treated me like one!

MrsHoratioNelson Sat 21-Sep-13 13:41:51

Not Claudia sad

I want it and I suddenly started seeing it on here in the last few weeks...

bootsycollins Sat 21-Sep-13 13:42:59


PrincessGrotbags Sat 21-Sep-13 13:45:36


tammytoby Thu 26-Sep-13 13:15:17

"I always think people who let ancient meanings of names put them off a name they otherwise love are a bit daft."

But in the case of Claudia it is not an ancient meaning. The Latin adjective claudus means disabled/lame.

Many names are not derived directly from another language, they're just made up (or people attach random meanings), in which case I would agree with you. But Claudia is, imo, different. As is Cecilia (meaning blind), of Felix (meaning happy in Latin).

Dylemma Fri 27-Sep-13 21:33:01

Didn't the name Claudia predate the Emperor Claudius with the bad leg? confused

Dylemma Sat 28-Sep-13 02:20:05

If anyone's still following this thread, do you think Clara could be a nickname for Claudia?

BelleOfTheBorstal Sat 28-Sep-13 02:28:47

Ummm, no, not really.

Tavv Mon 30-Sep-13 09:31:05

No, they're different names and there's no "r" in Claudia.

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