What does Clare mean?
Clare [clare] as a boys' name (also used more widely as girls' name Clare). Sometimes used as a diminutive of Clarence. In Thomas Hardy's tragic novel "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", Tess falls in love with, and is abandoned by, a man named Angel Clare.
(male) Chare, Clale, ..
(female) Clane, Claree, .. Middle name pairings:
Clare Mylo (C.M.), ..
How popular is Clare?
Clare is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#7328 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Clare reached its top position of #626 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Clare are Clarence (#1080 in 2015), Clarance, Claire and Clair. Other forms, like Clarens, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Clare was at its apex a century ago (average #458) and is now significantly lower (#1816, ▼99.1%), with versions such as Clarence going out of style.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Adare, Alaire, Alfre, Blaire, Blayre, Cabe, Cace, Cade, Caje, Cale, Card, Carel, Carew, Carey▼, Carl▼, Carne, Carr, Cary▼, Case▲, Cesare, Chace, Chane, Chase▲, Claas, Claes, Claney, Clark▲, Clarke, Claro, Claud▼, Claude▼, Claus, Clause, Clay▼, Cleary, Clerc, Clerk, Clete, Cleve▼, Clive, Clyde▼, Clyve, Crane, Czar and Ware. These names tend to be more commonly used than Clare.