What does Claire mean?
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.Kreatif forms: Claice, Claile, Claite. [more]
How popular is Claire?
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 (#21998 out of 150436, Top 15%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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) are Ciara (#673 a year ago), Ciarra, Clara (#108), Clarabelle, Clare (#723), Claribel, Clarice, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarissa (#765) and Klara. Forms like Claretha are uncommon. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in the year 1994 (usage of 0.3074%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.2239%, down 27.2%), 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, and there is also a resurgence in baby name usage for both names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Blaire. This name tends to be less frequently used than Claire.