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Meaning and name origin

Claire \c-lai-re\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Claire), is pronounced clare. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Claire is "bright, famous". French form of Clara. Introduced to Britain by the Normans, but then abandoned. This spelling was revived in the 19th century as a variant of Clare as in Saint Clare of Assisi (13th century), founder of a Franciscan order of nuns and one of the notable saints of the medieval period. Writer Clare Booth Luce; actresses Clara Bow, Claire Bloom, Claire Danes.


Claire has 61 variant forms: Ceara, Cearra, Cheeara, Chiara, Ciara, Ciarra, Clair, Claireen, Clairene, Claireta, Clairette, Clairey, Clairice, Clairinda, Clairissa, Clairita, Clairy, Clara, Clarabel, Clarabelle, Clare, Clarene, Claresta, Clareta, Claretta, Clarey, Clari, Claribel, Claribella, Claribelle, Clarice, Clarie, Clarinda, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarissa, Clarisse, Clarita, Claritza, Clarrie, Clarry, Clary, Claryce, Clayre, Clayrette, Clayrice, Clayrinda, Clayrissa, Clerissa, Cliara, Clorinda, Klaire, Klara, Klaretta, Klarissa, Klaryce, Klayre, Kliara, Klyara, Seara and Searra.

There is 1 masculine form of Claire: Clair.


Claire is a very popular first name for females (#300 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#17829 out of 88799, Top 20%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Claire for girls. Claire reached its highest rank of #44 in the U.S. in 2014 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Claire name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Claire and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Claire (#44), Clara (#108), Ciara (#673), Clare (#723), Clarissa (#765), Clarisa, Klara, Clarine, Clarice, Clarabelle, Chiara, Claribel and Ciarra. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ciara, Ciarra, Claire, Clara, Clarabelle, Clare, Claribel, Clarice, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarissa in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clarissa, Klara outside U.S.

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Blaire. This name tends to be less commonly used than Claire.