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Gender: F Meaning of Claire: "bright, clear" Origin of Claire: French form of Clara Claire's Popularity in 2013: #49

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Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, with a barely distinguishable French accent, is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical depth with a modern edge. And though Claire is enjoying revived popularity--it now ranks at Number 49-- it will never be seen as trendy. Claire is also a great middle name choice.

Claire is usually seen as the French spelling of the name, while the equally appropriate Clare is English and Clair is, well...that's French too. Clara, once seen as a stuffier version, has lately gained some fashion edge, primarily because it has more vintage charm and is somewhat more unusual. The Italian Chiara is another recommended choice.

Famous women named Claire include the medieval Saint Clare of Assisi (who was made the patron saint of television in 1958 because of her reputed power to see events at a distance), writer Clare Booth Luce, silent screen siren Clara Bow, and actresses Claire Bloom and Claire Danes.

There have been countless fictional Claires as well, including ideal mom Clair Huxtable, Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club, and characters in Heroes, Lost, Six Feet Under, Modern Family and the Outlander series.

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Famous People Named Claire

Claire Danes, American actress
Claire Holt, Australian actress
Claire Foy, English actress
Claire Cook, novelist
Claire Skinner, English actress
Claire Denis, film director
Claire Trevor, American actress
Claire Lee Chennault (male), American military aviator
Claire McCaskill, United States senator
Claire Shipman, TV journalist
Claire McDowell, American actress of the silent era
Claire Coffee, American actress
Claire Forlani, English actress
Claire Marshall, British journalist
Claire Messud, American novelist
Claire Titelman, American actress
Claire Corlett, Canadian actress
Claire Evans, Miss Wales 2005
Claire Robinson, Food Network star
Claire Buffie, photographer, designer, and beauty queen
Claire Bloom, English actress
Claire Pfister, American actress
Claire "Grimes" Boucher, Canadian musician
Claire Pettibone, American fashion designer
Claire Booth, Countess of Ulster
(Hazel) Claire Weekes, Australian doctor and scientist
Claire Yiu, Hong Kong actress
Claire Yarlett, American actress
Claire Engler, American actress
Claire Zulkey, American writer
(Ronnie) Claire Edwards, American actress
Claire Platt, daughter of American actor Oliver Platt
Princess Claire of Luxembourg (nee Claire Margareta Lademacher), German bioethics researcher

Pop Culture References for the Name Claire

Claire Bennet, in the television series 'Heroes'
Claire Montgomery, character in movie "Go"
Claire Fisher, in the television series 'Six Feet Under'
Claire Littleton, in the television series 'Lost'
Claire Kincaid, Law & Order character
Claire Dunphy, in the television series 'Modern Family'
Claire Redfield, in the video game series 'Resident Evil'
Claire Danvers, character in "Morganville Vampires" (Rachel Caine)
Claire Standish in the film "The Breakfast Club"
Claire Underwood, character in TV show "House of Cards"
Claire Saunders, in the television series "Dollhouse"
Claire Richards, character in book/film "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch
Claire's, chain jewelry and accessory store
Special Agent Claire Keats, character on "NCIS: Red"
Claire Lyons, protagonist from "The Clique" book series
Claire Kyle, character on TV's "My Wife and Kids"
Claire Jackman, character on "Jekyll"
Claire Pike, character in "The Baby-Sitters Club" book series
Claire Abshire, character from "The Time Traveler's Wife" book and film
Marie Claire, women's magazine
Claire Fraser, character in 'Outlander' series by Diana Gabaldon
Claire Foster, character in "Does My Head Look Big in This?" by Randa Abdel-Fattah
"Planet Claire", song by American new wave band The B-52's
Claire Ellery, main character of the game Strange cases - The secrets of Grey Mist Lake

Ceara, Cearra, Cheeara, Ciara, Ciarra, Clair, Claireen, Claireta, Clairey, Clairice, Clairinda, Clairine, Clairissa, Clairita, Clairy, Clarabel, Clarabelle, Clare, Clarene, Claresta, Clarey, Clari, Claribel, Claribella, Claribelle, Clarice, Clarie, Clarinda, Clarine, Clarisse, Clarrie, Clarry, Clary, Claryce, Clayre, Clayrette, Clayrice, Clayrinda, Clayrissa, Cliara, Clorinda, Klaire, Klare, Klaretta, Klaryce, Klayre, Kliara, Klyara, Sinclair, Sinclaire

Claire's International Variations

Clarette, Clairette (French) Klarissa, Clarissa (German) Kalea (Hawaiian) Klarika (Hungarian) Chiarina, Claretta, Clarina, Chiara (Italian) Klara (Slavic) Clareta, Clarita, Clarisa (Spanish)