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How do you say "Clara"?

Poll Results: How do you pronounce the first "a" in Clara?

 
  • 82% (218)
    like in "air"
  • 8% (23)
    like an "apple"
  • 9% (24)
    like in "are"
265 Total Votes  
post #1 of 68
Thread Starter 
We had almost decided on this name as a frontrunner, but now there's some question about the pronunciation... so how do you say it? Also, please, tell me where you're from if you don't mind.
post #2 of 68
Clair-a

But I've heard Clah-rah too.
post #3 of 68
I say Clair-ah. I'm in the South. I think it's a lovely name. What are the other pronunciations? I don't think I've heard any others in the States, though in Germany I heard Clar-uh (with the a pronounced like "car").

eta: i didn't see the other pronunciations before writing. Still think Clair-ah.
post #4 of 68
Air. From Texas
post #5 of 68
Air but I'm from Australia so that probably doesn't help much :-)
post #6 of 68
Thread Starter 
I say Clair-a. And that's how it was being pronounced when we were reading the name lists and decided it was a good name. Then, last night, DH (who is half German) said, "You know, it's really Clar-a." (like in car) I was in shock, as I had never heard of such a thing. I told him (playfully) that here in America we say "Clair-a." He said that in England and Germany (both countries in which he has family) it's Clar-a. Then I realized that here in New Jersey, it would be Clah-ra.... (I'm originally from the south). Obviously, we would need to decide among ourselves how it would be pronounced, but I also wanted to get some idea of the general public-- how most people she met would say her name.
post #7 of 68
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by katelove View Post
Air but I'm from Australia so that probably doesn't help much :-)
That's actually VERY helpful, as that's where DH grew up!
post #8 of 68
I say "Clair-a" too. From New England here
post #9 of 68
Clair-a...never considered there might be another pronunciation. Interesting.
post #10 of 68
I say Clah-ra like apple, never imagined it another way, lol!

ETA from NE US
post #11 of 68
Cl-air-ah. That's the pronunciation I like. Clara like car is also a nice pronunciation too though. However, I think mainstream America will pronounce it w/ the "air" pronunciation.

I'm from Minnesota, but have lived in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio.
post #12 of 68
Air

Western Canada
post #13 of 68
Clair-ah.

From California, in December got transplanted to Utah.
post #14 of 68
Clair-uh, grew up all over the US... although I've always known the little girl in the Nutcracker as Clahr (rhymes with car)-uh.
post #15 of 68
I loves me a name poll!

I say it like air.

I'm from all over the Western half of the US, currently in TX.
post #16 of 68
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by momasana View Post
I loves me a name poll!
Me too!

Thanks, everyone, this is very informative!
post #17 of 68
I say it like "are" and I am an australian living in the US so I am getting used to the "air" pronunciation, my first instinct is ARE though.
post #18 of 68
I say "Clar-ah" (like car, 3rd option). I'm from Ontario. But, my entire family is still very much British, I think that has something to do w/ it, because around here it's more commonly pronounced with the "air" sound.
post #19 of 68
Air, and I'm from Florida. It's my MIL's middle name and that's how she pronounces it also (she's from New York).
post #20 of 68
Air. I'm in Kansas.
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