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Clarinda (F)>

Clarinda (female)

Derivative(s):Clarissa (F)
Derivative of:Clara (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
Private communication [CF]

English. Clarinda first appears as an apparent elaboration of Clara in Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queen (1596), [cf. Belinda (1697) and Lucinda (1605)].

A correspondent [CF] notes an ancestor who was alternatively known as Clorinda [as well as a number of spelling variations], with a pet name of Chloƫ, but we do not consider the latter to be a widely used pet name for Clarinda.