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What does Clare mean?

Clare Pronunciation of 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


VARIANTS Clair, Claire, Clarey, Clayre

OTHER FORMS VIA CLARENCE Claran, Clarance, Clarens, Claron, Clarons, Claronz, Clarrie, Clarry, Klarenz

FEMININE FORMS Chiara, Claire, Clara, Clarette

(male) Chare, ..

(female) Clane, ..

Clare Corey (C.C.), ..

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, 2018)

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?

Popular related forms of Clare are Clarence (#1116 IN 2018), Clair, Claire and Clarance. 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 (#1823, 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 sound-alike 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, Claran, Clarens, Clark, Clarke, Claro, Claron, Clarrie, Clarry, 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.