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What does Clare mean?

Clare \c-la-re\ as a girls' name (also used less generally as boys' name Clare) is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Clare is "bright, famous". The regular English form of Clara since the Middle Ages.


Clare has 1 variant: Mariclare.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Chiara, Claire, Clarette and Clarissa.

Clare has 20 more related forms via Clara: Chiara, Claire, Clarabelle, Clarabeth, Claretha, Claretta, Claribel, Clarice, Clarie, Clarina, Clarinda, Clarine, Clarissa, Clarita, Claritza, Clarizza, Clarrie, Clarry, Klara and Klarra.

Clare has 1 masculine form: Clarence.


Clare is a very prominent first name for females (#796 out of 4276, Top 19%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#7328 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Clare for girls. Clare reached its apex rank of #392 in the U.S. then, and is at #723 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Prominent varying forms of Clare (#723 in 2014) are Claire (#44 in 2014), Clara (#108), Clarissa (#765), Klara, Clarine, Claribel, Clarabelle and Clarice. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.3884%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.2622%, down 32.5%), with the forms Clarissa, Clare, Clarice and Claribel becoming less stylish. Clara (#108) and Claire (#44) are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names in this compilation, with Claire and Clara enjoying a rebound in popularity. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Clare and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

Clare is pronounced similarly to Clair, Clayre, Klaire and Klayre. Other recommended similar baby names are Clairey, Clairy, Clarey, Clari, Clary, Cliara and Clora. These names tend to be less commonly used than Clare.