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Claire

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Gender: Female Meaning of Claire: "bright, clear" Origin of Claire: French form of Clara Claire's Popularity in 2018: #49

The name Claire is a girl's name of French origin meaning "bright, clear". Claire is ranked #49 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "What would you name a sibling to...?".

From the experts:

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 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 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's character in The Breakfast Club, Clare Kendry in Nella Larsen's novel Passing, and characters in House of Cards, Lost, Six Feet Under, Modern Family, and the Outlander series.

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Claire's International Variations

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

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Comments

Saravia Dayana Says:

2019-06-17T23:56:54

I love the name Claire, illuminating and bright!

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:

2018-04-21T22:51:50

I find it so funny that people think this name sounds tomboyish. It always sounds girly to me.

Ella Says:

2017-10-18T02:54:18

I could use it in the middle Lucy Claire is nice.

Stella Quinn Says:

2017-03-12T04:26:07

My own name, gets a little boring after a while though.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-15T21:18:33

Lovely, classic name

LV51sfan91 Says:

2016-09-15T02:09:08

I adore this old fashioned gem! Sweet and charming! Can be sporty or girly! Only problem it rhymes with everything!!! Chair, wear/where, stare, bear ext!!!

pixelatedinfants Says:

2016-08-30T01:10:33

I love this name! It's so cute, and I'm surprised it's not as popular, I imagine it should be in the top 10 because it's cute, spunky, new, and old!

summer234 Says:

2016-07-12T04:25:35

Short and sweet-- I love this name!

fromtheocean12 Says:

2016-06-21T20:54:20

I know two Claire's, who are polar opposites, but their names suit them both perfectly. One is a preppy and girly gymnast, the other is smart and sarcastic and loves to read, but Claire fits them both!
I also really like the spelling Clare, because it seems slightly less feminine, but not too masculine either.

paudachar Says:

2016-05-01T05:04:56

love this name! It is a bit tomboyish but still beautiful for your little miracle and bundle of joy! I know a Claire (Spelt Clare) who is a tomboy lobs climbing trees, wearing shorts and t- shirts but I know another one (Spelt Claire) who loves dresses, makeup (she's about 24 though) This suits anyone! But I think the Clare spelling is more tomboyish!💖
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paudachar Says:

2016-05-01T05:03:29

I love this name! It is a bit tomboyish but still beautiful for your little miracle and bundle of joy! I know a Claire (Spelt Clare) who is a tomboy lobs climbing trees, wearing shorts and t- shirts but I know another one (Spelt Claire) who loves dresses, makeup (she's about 24 though) This suits anyone! But I think the Clare spelling is more tomboyish!💖

Jinxgirl Says:

2015-06-18T15:25:03

Claire is simple, pretty, sophisticated. works for a child or an adult

GuineapigGirl15 Says:

2015-04-20T02:41:19

I love this name! I prefer this spelling than Clare.

Saffron_Rice Says:

2015-04-15T01:02:02

I love this name - it's beautiful in its simplicity and packs a surprising punch for a one-syllable name.

clairelaliberte Says:

2015-03-02T00:29:15

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gracexx Says:

2015-01-27T00:09:52

I have three daughters named: Elizabeth (she is 9) Cinnamon (3 months) and Claire (4) I used to HATE the name Claire because all I could think about was that red head in the breakfast club named Claire but when it started getting popular it grew out if my mind and I started loving it

Madelinelen Says:

2015-01-11T07:32:57

I like how this can be either feminine or tomboyish. It's a real classic.

Caroline Says:

2014-12-05T04:26:18

One of my favorite names!

Leah3456 Says:

2014-11-15T13:47:18

Short, cute, and sweet!

Clarissa. Says:

2014-08-03T10:39:13

Yeah.. there are different ways for the name: Claire, Clair, Clare and other deviations =) But I still think that Claire looks the best.
It's also cool to have that name as a nickname *smile*

TheClockworkPrincess Says:

2014-07-16T18:22:15

This is my best friends name and it suits her perfectly. I have also seen it spelled like this, Clare.

mabespark Says:

2014-07-15T18:32:58

You really can't go wrong with this - spunky, sweet, sophisticated, and classic.