What does Clare mean?
Clare /cla-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.
Clare has 1 masculine form: Clarence.Kreatif forms: Clace, Clale. [more]
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)
Shown below is the baby name history of Clare for girls. Clare reached its apex rank of #392 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #723 currently. (Top 1000 Names, 2014)
Prominent varying forms of Clare (#723 in 2014) are Claire (#44 in 2014), Clara (#108), Clarissa (#765), Klara, Claribel, Clarice and Clarine. Other variants, like Clarie, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Clare was common 114 years ago (usage of 0.44%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3%, 32% less). Claire has been the most prevalent, though Clara has gained in usage over time, while versions such as Clare have become less popular.
Thinking of names?
Clare▼ is pronounced similarly to Clair, Clayre, Klaire and Klayre. Other recommended similar baby 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.