All about Claire.
Couple questions about the name Claire as a first name. . .
Is it substantial enough? I'm trying it out as a first name for the first time and it seems to be, I don't know, weak next to my other favorite names. Maybe a bit plain to use a nicer term. Am I being crazy?
What would you imagine as siblings to a Claire? Specifically SISTERS? My other favorite girl names are things like Sadie, Stella, Nora, Julie/Julia, Leah, Evie, Autumn, Maura etc. and none of these seem to "go" like I want them to (but maybe I'm being crazy, so feel free to correct me).
. . .And brothers? Does Claire work with Alexander, Mark and Patrick? What other names do you imagine for Claire's brothers?
And lastly, middle name options? Claire was always my go to middle name (as it's a family name) for my perfect combo, but now that I'm moving it to the first place position I'm at a loss. The only other middle names I've considered are Soleil and Ava, which I don't see fitting.
Thanks for the help!
I love Claire. I see it as strong and unapologetic. It's got a nice crisp un-frilled sound to it. I do slightly prefer the spelling Clare, but Claire is beautiful too.
I see her sisters as Jane and Mae. Actually Claire and Leah does work for me, as does Claire and Nora, because they all seem to have that certain straightforward, classic, smooth-polished beauty.
Clare and Patrick seem completely perfect together, but Claire and Patrick works too. Honestly I have a hard time matching Mark to anything. I could see Claire working with Alexander if Claire had quite a long middle and Alexander had quite a short one.
Thanks for the long list gsjones! I’m really not a fan of most unisex names and think a stunning feminine name could make Claire just as substantial as a more masculine name. Claire Noel stood out to me though! Noel/Noelle is lovely.
Stripedsocks, thank you too! I think if I had no reason to pick Claire vs. Clare I would actually prefer Clare as well. But as I really have no preference I might as well stick to how my grandma spelled it.
Jane might be a bit plain for my taste, but Mae could grow on me. I have an issue with the “plainness” of it just like Claire though. And I actually started to adore Nora with Claire right after posting, so I’m glad to see you like it.
I agree that Clare/Claire and Patrick looks like a winning sibset! I was unsure about Alexander stylistically, but didn’t even think of length. Alexander would probably go by Alex (or some other nickname), so maybe that helps with the length issue?
Thanks both of you again!
Claire... Such a beautiful name. Feminine without being frilly. I think that Claire and Maura would work, and any of your boys names (especially Alexander) would fit with Claire. Compared to your other names, Claire is definitely substantial enough.
I think Claire needs a long and feminine name with frills to balance out her crisp style. I am happy to see the spelling Claire.
Claire Magnolia Pearl
Claire Azalea Juno
Claire Elizabeth Rose
Claire Genevieve Pearl
Claire Anais Juliette
Claire is on my short list! I'd name a sister Julia (obviously). After I typed this, I realized Julia's actually on your list so it's even more perfect!!!!! I imagine Claire' brother to be Henry. haha I think Claire goes well with all of the boys names you mentioned.
Claire is a lovely name and I think it makes a very sweet and strong first name. Actually, I think all the names on your list go beautifully with Claire! I think Wren or Fern would go nicely with Claire as well.
Claire is beautiful. I think it's fully sufficient as a FN, not too short at all. If you're worried, though, you could use it as a nn for something like Clarissa, Clara, or Clarity... A long time ago, Claire was on my top 5 as a FN, I used to adore it up front, and Claire as a name has been one of my favorites since the fifth grade, really. But then I actually met a little Claire, and after I saw it on an actual little person, I knew I couldn't see me with a little Claire so I moved it to the MN spot (it's a family name for me, too). Since then I've met two adorable, beautiful, charming, wonderful Claires, and they always seem to make me reconsider Claire as a FN, but it just never sticks. I don't think I'm meant to have a Claire, but I'd love to meet lots and lots of adorable little Claires! :)
I had several Claire combos over the years--these were some of my favorites:
I think Claire Josephine is pretty gorgeous, too. And Claire Ophelia. And Claire Olivia. Although I'd be hesitant about Claire Olivia or Claire Ophelia if your LN (or your baby's LN) would start with a "W" (even the idea of a potential Catherine Odette or Charlotte Olive or Claire Ophelia of mine marrying a Jack Winters is enough to keep me from using it--Charlotte Winters is fine, but the initials COW is where I draw the line!).
I have a daughter named Claire and get many compliments on her simple, yet beautiful name. Her brother's name is Patrick and we feel like they go extremely well together. As we are currently expecting our third, we too have been searching for the perfect sibling name addition. At this point, we are in love with Nora for a girl and still undecided for a boy!
Good luck! I don't think you can go wrong with Claire (either spelling).
My oldest daughter is Clare and I've always loved her name. In my mind Claire is a very versatile name and works in many sibling sets. I like classic names so for me it pairs nicely with those sorts of name. Of the names you mentioned Nora and Leah seem like great matches for Claire.