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Clair (girl)

What does Clair mean?

Clair Pronunciation of Clair [clair] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Clair) is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Clair is "bright, famous". Clair is a version of Claire (Latin): French version of Clara.

Associated with: bright (light).


Clair has 4 variants: Clare, Clayre, Klaire and Klayre.

24 more alternative forms via Claire: Ceara, Cearra, Ciara, Ciarra, Claireen, Clairene, Claireta, Clairey, Clairice, Clairita, Clairy, Clara, Clarey, Clari, Clarice, Clarie, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarita, Clarrie, Clarry, Clary, Cliara and Klara.

Creative forms:
(female) Calair, Claair, ..

(male) Clain, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clair Leslie (C.L.), ..

How popular is Clair?

Clair is a very prominent first name for females (#1942 out of 4276, Top 45%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#6858 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Clair reached its top position of #1280 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not listed currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clair name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clair outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Clair appearing in the Top 2000 are Claire (#49 via latest list), Clara (#98), Clare (#730), Ciara (#757), Klara (#1827), Clarita, Clarisa, Klaire, Clarice, Ciarra, Ceara and Clarine. Adoption of these relations of Clair was common in the 1880s (usage of 2.3%) and is now much reduced (usage 0.7%, 71.1%), with versions such as Clara falling out of fashion. Claire is a perennial favorite, although Clare appears to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clair, Ceara, Ciara, Ciarra, Claire in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clara, Clare, Clarice, Clarine, Clarisa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clarita, Klaire, Klara in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ciara, Claire, Clara, Klara outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Adair, Alair, Altair, Blair, Cai, Cain, Cait, Char, Claea, Claris, Clio and Mair. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clair.

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