The name Claro is derived from the Italian word "chiari," which means "clear," or " luminous." As such, the Claro surname was likely originally a
for a person with a clear or light complexion.
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name, and usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.
The surname Claro was first found in the 8th century, when Orso Chiarelli was one of the leaders of the town of Ferraruola.
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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Claro include Chiarucci, Chiari, Chiaro, Chiara, Clari, Claro, De Chiara, Del Chiaro, Di Chiara, Clarich, Chiarenti, Chiaretti, Chiarelli, Chiarello, Chiariello, Chiarel, Chiarella, Claretti, Chiarini, Chiarìn, Clarini, Chiarotti, Chiart, Clarotti, Chiaroni, Chiaranda, Chiarandini, Chiarante, Chiarantini, Chiarato, Chiaratto, Chiarenza, Chiarito, Chiarizia, Clarizia, Chiarolla, Chiarulli, Chiarullo, Chiarugi, Chiarutti, Chiaruttini, Chiaraluce, Chiarantoni and many more.
Prominent among members of the family was Manfredi III Chiaramonte (died 1391), a Sicilian nobleman, Lord of Trapani, Agrigento, Bivona, Licata, Castronovo, Lentini, Palma di Montechiaro and Mussomeli; Giorgio Chiarini, a well known author in Florence around 1400; Bartolomeo Chiarini of Rome, a famous engraver in the 16th century; Fabrizio Chiari, a painter and engraver in Rome around 1615; Anton-Maria... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Claro: Cappaccio Chiara, aged 36, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Mirabella, in 1900; Carlo Chiara, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Trofarello, Italy, in 1920.