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Clare (girl)

What does Clare mean?

Clare Pronunciation of Clare [clare] 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.

Associated with: bright (light).


Clare has 1 variant: Mariclare.

Related girl names: Chiara, Claire, Clarette and Clarissa.

14 more related forms via Clara: Chiara, Claire, Claretha, Claretta, Claribel, Clarice, Clarie, Clarina, Clarine, Clarita, Clarrie, Clarry, Klara and Klarra.

1 masculine form: Clarence.

Creative forms:
(female) Clane, Claree, ..

(male) Claer, Clale, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clare Pamela (C.P.), ..

How popular is Clare?

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)

Clare reached its apex rank of #392 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #730 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Clare (#730 in 2015) are Claire (#49 in 2015), Clara (#98), Clarissa (#700), Klara (#1827), Chiara (#1863), Clarine, Clarita, Claretta, Claretha, Claribel and Clarice. Other variants, like Klarra, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Clare was common 135 years ago (usage of 2.3%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.7%, 71% less). Claire has been the most prevalent, though Clare has gained in usage over time, while versions such as Clarissa have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clare, Chiara, Claire, Clara, Claretha in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clarita, Klara 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 names are Adare, Alfre, Blaire, Blayre, Cade, Cara, Caree, Carel, Caren, Carey, Cari, Carie, Carle, Caro, Cary, Cate, Caye, Ceara, Char, Chara, Charee, Chari, Charie, Charle, Charo, Chere, Ciara, Claea, Clairey, Clairy, Clarene, Claresa, Clareta, Clarey, Clari, Claris, Clarise, Clary, Claryce, Claude, Cliara, Cloe, Clora, Clove, Elfre, Flore, Mare and Tiare. These names tend to be less commonly used than Clare.

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