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What does Clare mean?

Clare Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: novel (literary), angel.


Clare has 4 variants: Clair, Claire, Clarey and Clayre.

9 more different relations via Clarence: Claran, Clarance, Clarens, Claron, Clarons, Claronz, Clarrie, Clarry and Klarenz.

4 feminine forms: Chiara, Claire, Clara and Clarette.

Creative forms:
(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)

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 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clare, Clair, Claire, Clarance, Clarence in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended 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.