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Gender: Female Meaning of Claire: "bright, clear" Origin of Claire: French form of Clara Claire's Popularity in 2017: #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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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Famous People Named Claire

Claire Catherine Danes, American actress
Claire Rhiannon Holt, Australian actress
Claire Foy, English actress
Claire Cook, American novelist
(Lauren) Claire Skinner, English actress
Claire Denis, French film director
Claire Trevor, American actress
Claire Gibault, French politician
Claire Labine, American soap opera writer and producer
Claire Lee Chennault, male American military aviator
Claire Connner McCaskill, U.S. Senator from Missouri
Claire Shipman, American TV journalist
Claire McDowell, American silent film actress
Claire Elizabeth Coffee, American actress
Claire Antonia Forlani, English actress
Claire Victoria Marshall, English broadcast journalist
Claire Messud, American novelist
Claire Titelman, American actress
Claire Margaret Corlett, Canadian actress
Claire Louise Evans, Miss Wales 2005
Claire Robinson, American celebrity chef
Claire Buffie, American photographer
Claire Bloom (born Patricia Claire Blume), English actress
Claire Julien (born Claire Alys Pfister), American actress
Claire Elise Boucher, birth name of Canadian musician Grimes
Claire Pettibone, American fashion designer
Claire Alexandra Windsor, Countess of Ulster (nee Booth), physician and wife of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
Claire Margareta Lademacher, Princess of Luxembourg, German bioethics researcher
Claire Louise Coombs, Princess of Belgium, English land surveyor and wife of Prince Laurent
(Hazel) Claire Weekes, Australian physician and author
Claire Yiu, Hong Kong actress
Claire Etcherelli, French novelist
Claire Harris, Canadian poet
Claire Hodgkins, American violinist
Claire Hooper, Australian comedienne
Claire Martin, Canadian novelist
Claire Martin, English jazz singer
Claire Berenice Rayner, English journalist and advice columnist
Claire Yarlett, American actress
Claire Engler, American actress
Claire Zulkey, American novelist
Claire Louise Rutter, English operatic soprano
(Ronnie) Claire Edwards, American actress
Claire Platt, daughter of American actor Oliver Platt
Claire Lauren Rafferty, English football player
Claire Anne Richards, English singer with pop group Steps

Pop Culture References for the name Claire

Claire Standish, character in movie "The Breakfast Club"
Claire Bennet, character on TV's 'Heroes'
Claire Novak, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Claire Montgomery, character in movie "Go"
Claire Fisher, character on TV's 'Six Feet Under'
Claire Littleton, character on TV's 'Lost'
Claire Kincaid, character on TV's "Law & Order"
Claire Dunphy, character on TV's 'Modern Family'
Claire Redfield, character in the 'Resident Evil' video game series
Claire Danvers, character in "Morganville Vampires" by Rachel Caine
Claire Underwood, character on TV's "House of Cards"
Claire Saunders, character on TV's "Dollhouse"
Claire Richards, character in Janet Fitch's "White Oleander"
Claire Keats, character on TV's "NCIS: Red"
Claire Lyons, character in "The Clique" series
Claire de Valecourt, character in G. A. Henty's, St. Bartholomew's Eve
Claire Kyle, character on TV's "My Wife and Kids"
Claire Jackman, character on TV's "Jekyll"
Claire Pike, character in "The Baby-Sitters Club" series
Claire Abshire, character in Audrey Niffenegger's "The Time Traveler's Wife"
Claire Fraser, character in Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander' series
Claire Foster, character in "Does My Head Look Big in This?" by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Claire Ellery, main character in video game "Strange Cases: The Secrets of Grey Mist Lake"
Claire Farron aka Lightning, main character in video game "Final Fantasy XIII"
Claire Setilan, character in video game "Magna Carta 2"
Claire Foley, character in the Professor Layton video game series
"Planet Claire," song by the The B-52's
Marie Claire, women's magazine
Claire's, chain jewelry and accessory store
Claire Green, character on TVs "Promised Land"
Claire Conyers, character in G. A. Henty's, Orange and Green
Claire Dearing, character in film "Jurassic World"
Claire Densmore, character from the "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" series
Claire, character from the "Hidden"
Claire, character in short story collection "Solegasm" by author Tina Tirrell
Claire de Lune, classical music piece by "Claude Debussy"
Claire, character in Lois Lowry's book "Son"
Clare Edwards, character from TV series "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Claire Nuñez, character in the Netflix series "Trollhunters"
'Clair', song by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Claire Miller, character in TV series "Lizzie McGuire"


mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


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

Ella Says:


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

Stella Quinn Says:


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

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely, classic name

LV51sfan91 Says:


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:


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:


Short and sweet-- I love this name!

fromtheocean12 Says:


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:


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!💖

paudachar Says:


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:


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

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


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

Saffron_Rice Says:


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

clairelaliberte Says:


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gracexx Says:


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:


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

Caroline Says:


One of my favorite names!

Leah3456 Says:


Short, cute, and sweet!

Clarissa. Says:


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:


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

mabespark Says:


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