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What does Claire mean?

Claire Pronunciation of Claire [claire] as a girls' name 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.

Associated with: bright (light), britain (england), 19th century, nuns (monk), medieval.


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.

2 more different relations via Clara, Clare: Clarina and Klarra.

1 masculine form: Clair.

Creative forms:
(female) Claice, Claira, ..

(male) Claile, Clairo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Claire Halo (C.H.), ..

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. Demographics)

Claire reached its top rank of #44 in the U.S. in the year 2014, and is currently at #49. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Claire (#49 via latest list) are Ceara, Chiara (#1863 via latest list), Ciara (#757), Ciarra, Clair, Clara (#98), Clarabelle, Clare (#730), Clarene, Claretta, Claribel, Clarice, Clarinda, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarissa (#700), Clarita, Clorinda, Klaire, Klara (#1827) and Klarissa. Other forms, like Clarina, are uncommon. These relations of Claire were favored by parents a century ago (median #1490) and have become much less conventional since (#1637, 70%), with versions such as Clarissa becoming less in vogue. Claire and Clare are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this compilation.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clair, Clara, Clarabelle, Clare, Clarene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Claretta, Claribel, Clarice, Clarinda, Clarine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clarisa, Clarissa, Clarita, Clorinda, Klaire in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Adaire, Adare, Adayre, Alaine, Alair, Alfre, Allaire, Almire (see Almera), Blaine, Blair, Blaire, Blaise, Blaize, Blayre, Cadee, Cadie, Cadye, Cai, Caidie, Caila, Cailie, Caisey, Caitey, Caiti, Caity, Calee, Calvine, Camren, Carine, Carrie, Carry, Cary, Casee, Casie, Casse, Cate, Cayce, Caye, Cayse, Ceira, Celie, Celine, Chainey, Chalise, Chanae, Chanise, Chante, Chara, Chari, Charie, Charle, Charo, Choire, Cile, Circe, Claea, Clairesa (see Clarissa), Clairessa, Claresa, Clarise, Claude, Claudex, Claudey, Claudie, Claudy, Cleone, Clora, Corie, Corine, Elaine, Elfre, Elvire, Hilaire, Isaure and Maire. These names tend to be less frequently used than Claire.

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