Clara too German?

Our last name is a 2 syllable [name]German[/name] name that ends in that hard “hine” sound. I love [name]Clara[/name], but I worry that pairing it with a recognizably german last name will make it sound like a character from [name]Heidi[/name].

What do you think? Consistent or too much?

I think since you aren’t naming your daughter [name]Gertrude[/name] or [name]Hildegard[/name] or [name]Adelheid[/name] (which actually is [name]Heidi[/name]'s name) your fine. I hear [name]Clara[/name] and I think Nutcracker Ballet not [name]German[/name] name. (And I am [name]German[/name]). I don’t usually like a lot of names that start with C - but [name]Clara[/name] is beautiful.

You could also go with a distinctly not [name]German[/name] mn like [name]Clara[/name] [name]Paloma[/name], [name]Clara[/name] [name]Colette[/name], [name]Clara[/name] [name]Tulip[/name] ect if you feel that would balance out the german influence.

I don’t think it’s too [name]German[/name], especially with the American pronunciation, i.e. [name]CLARE[/name]-ah as opposed to the [name]German[/name] CLAH-rah.

I think it’s a beautiful name! And there is nothing wrong with a little nod to your [name]German[/name] heritage. :slight_smile:

[name]Clara[/name] is Latin for “light” so I don’t think of the name as particularly [name]German[/name]. Now, if you spelled it [name]Klara[/name] and pronounced it the [name]German[/name] way (“KLAH-rah”) it would sound and look more [name]German[/name]. But still, it’s not like you’re naming your daughter [name]Anneliese[/name], [name]Liesel[/name] or [name]Heidi[/name]. If you love the name, I would encourage you to choose it.

Not too [name]German[/name] at all, I love this name! It is actually quite popular in my area (top 30, I believe…with [name]Claire[/name] being in the top 10); it has never struck me as sounding overly [name]German[/name], even with a [name]German[/name] last name.

My daughter’s name!! [name]Love[/name] it, not too [name]German[/name], but I actually love the [name]Heidi[/name] connection.

[name]Clara[/name] is not too [name]German[/name]. My grandmother’s first middle name is [name]Clara[/name] is & her family is from Denmark.

The French don’t think so! I’ve known a couple adorable little French girls named [name]Clara[/name] in recent years.

When I see [name]Clara[/name] I first think Spanish (and I speak both [name]German[/name] and Spanish). You’re fine.

[name]Clara[/name] does not sound [name]German[/name] at all to me - although it may be originally [name]German[/name], it has become such a common name in so many cultures that it sounds rather international. I would consider it generic Western European more than anything. Go with [name]Clara[/name], no matter how [name]German[/name] your surname is.

I don’t think [name]Clara[/name] is too [name]German[/name] at all. It’s a beautiful name!

I’m not sure where you are, but in the US I don’t think anyone would hear [name]Clara[/name] and automatically think [name]German[/name]. I agree with what @mischa said about [name]Clara[/name] not seeming as [name]German[/name] as something like [name]Heidi[/name] or [name]Liesel[/name]. I think of The Nutcracker first,then [name]Clara[/name] [name]Barton[/name] and [name]Clara[/name] [name]Bow[/name]. Plus, with the popularity of [name]Claire[/name] it’s pretty accessible for any last name, really! :slight_smile:

Go for it!

[name]Clara[/name] sounds very international to me and not overly [name]German[/name] at all. It’s a lovely name! I think you should be absolutely fine.