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Quick Facts on Claire

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 49
Simple meaning:
Clear, bright

Characteristics of Claire

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Claire

Claire is a French name derived from the Latin “clārus” meaning “clear, bright, distinct” or sometimes “illustrious, bright, shining”. Clara would be the Latinate equivalent, Clare English and Chiara Italian. Inspiration behind the usage of Claire would arrive in the Middle Ages in homage to a 12th/13th century Italian woman by the name of Chiara Offreduccio, later known as St. Clare of Assisi, a notable disciple of St. Francis. In order to help the poor she founded an order of nuns named the Poor Clares, who continue to serve today. The word “clair” in French essentially means “clear” (hence the word “clairvoyance” which means clear vision). Some etymologists suggest that Clare (the English version) may have developed as a surname derived from an occupation name, from the Old Anglo-Saxon “clæg” in reference to a “clayer” (one who worked with clay, a plasterer). The French form, Claire, was revived in the 19th century, as was Clara. Today Claire is only moderately popular in France. It’s most commonly used among Canadians and Americans.

Popularity of the Name Claire

Claire has long been a familiar female name in the Western world, and one which has enjoyed solid positioning on the American popularity charts. Despite her constant usage for over 150 years, Claire did not achieve Top 100 status in the United States until very recently in 1998. Not only does she continue to show upwards momentum, but Claire is also the preferred spelling in America (over Clare, Clara and Clarissa). For parents looking for a one-syllable name that has a gorgeous feminine French sound to it, Claire is “clearly” the perfect choice. It’s sophisticated and modest at the same time.
Popularity of the Girl Name Claire
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Claire

  • Popular Songs on Claire

    Popular Songs on Claire

    Claire de Lune - by the French composer Claude Debussy

    Oh Claire - a song by Cheap Trick

    Planet Claire - a song by the B-52’s

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Claire

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Claire

    Claire (Lisi Harrison) - Will Claire's Florida BFFs become former BFFs? Back in Orlando for the summer, Claire is reunited with her Florida best friends, Sarah, Sari, and Mandy, after a long year apart. Her FBFs haven't changed at all. Too bad they think Claire has . . . and not for the better. Claire sets out to prove her loyalty by entering Kissimmee's Miss Kiss pageant. But when a very special visitor shows up and vows to win the crown, Claire finds herself torn between Keds and couture. Will Claire finally kiss-immee her past goodbye-once and for all? Recommended for ages 12+

    Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever After (B. G. Hennessy) - Once Upon A Time, a little girl called Claire and her stuffed unicorn, Capricorn, were very fond of fairy tales. Every night Claire's father read them stories of frog princes and fairy princesses, and every night every character lived happily ever after. Then one evening, just as a story came to its close, Claire suddenly wondered: What, exactly, makes someone happy forever? It was a question to answer as she slept. So Claire hugged Capricorn, and together they drifted into a dreamland adventure.... Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Feast of Fools (Rachel Caine) - In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though—especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Ollie and Claire (Tiffany Strelitz Haber) - Ollie and Claire are as tight as two friends can be. Every day they picnic together, every day they do yoga together, and every evening they eat dinner together. But when Claire longs to break free from this routine and dreams of traveling the world, she worries that Ollie would never join her. So she takes matters into her own hands and finds a mysterious travel partner when she sees a sign posted on a tree. Who could it be? And how can she ever tell Ollie? With a fun twist leading to a surprise ending, Ollie and Claire is a sweet and fun tribute to dynamic duos everywhere, who might feel the need to mix things up every once in a while. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Claire

    Famous People Named Claire

    Famous People Named Claire - Claire Danes (actress); Claire Bloom (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Claire

    Children of Famous People Named Claire

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Claire - Albert Brooks (actor); Oliver Platt (actor); Ewan McGregor (actor)

Personality of the Girl Name Claire

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Claire

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