Top 100 baby names number 98

I thought it would be fun to look at the top 100 boys and girls names from last year.  I am doing a series on these with their meanings. Enjoy!

Today number our 98s.

 Clara means bright or clear

Clara means bright or clear

Clara (Latin)

This feminised version of the Latin name Clarus has overtaken its cousins, Clare and Claire, in recent years. Clarus means clear, bright, and famous.

The girls name Clara, and all its variants, became popular after Saint Clare (Chiara) of Assisi (follower of St Francis) founded the order of Poor Clares in 1212.

 
 Photo of Lincoln by Patrick Mackie 

Photo of Lincoln by Patrick Mackie 

Lincoln (English)

Like the English language itself Lincoln is a mash-up of words from two other languages. Lincoln comes from the city of Lincoln which takes its name from the Welsh ‘lyn’ meaning lake and the Latin ‘colonia’ or settlement.

Lincoln was originally a surname but has become increasingly widely used as a given name.