Meaning and Name Origin
Claire \c-lai-re\ as a girls' name (also used less generally as boys' 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 variants: 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.
Claire has 1 masculine form: Clair.
Claire is a very prominent first name for women (#300 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#17829 out of 88799, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Claire for girls. Claire reached its top rank of #44 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Claire and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Claire (#44 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Ciara (#673 a year ago), Ciarra, Clara (#108), Clarabelle, Clare (#723), Claribel, Clarice, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarissa (#765) and Klara. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in 1994 and are somewhat less popular today, with the versions Ciara, Clare, Claribel, Clarice and Clarissa falling out of style. Claire (#44) and Clara (#108) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this compilation, with both names undergoing a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Blaire. This name tends to be less frequently used than Claire.