Claire: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Claire

Claire

Pronunciation: KLAYR (key)

Origin of the name Claire:

Derived from the Latin clārus (bright, clear, famous). Clare is a common name throughout Europe and the British Isles, its popularity once due in part to the fame of St. Clare of Assisi (c. 1193 - 1253). The Italian nun who founded the order of the Poor Clares.

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It is a simple yet lovely name.

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My husband is French and I am American. Claire is meaningful and popular in both French and English so we named our daughter Claire with an "e" at the end gives it the English edge. Our Claire loves her name and so does both sides of our family.

My daughter was born in 1985 and we named her Clare (without the"i"). I guess we did it to be a bit different. The name has definitely grown in popularity over the years! When Clare was about 10 she started helping a mom in the neighborhood with her three children, all under the age of 2. As her experience with them grew and she matured Clare became the family babysitter and traveled with them on their vacations. In the mid-1990s, mom became pregnant with 4th child and they so dearly loved my Clare and her name, they asked if they could name their daughter Clare Elisabeth. Of course, we said "YES," what an honor for us. The 2nd Clare has grown up to be as awesome as the "original" Clare!

We wanted to name our daughter Claire but we love having longer names that can be shortened for our kids... so we named her Clarissa and we call her Claire. We both really love her name. She was born in 2010.

Nicknames for Claire: | Edit

ClaireBear, Clarabella, Cay, Clairy, Eclaire

My Claire has flaming red hair - We call her RedHairy Clairy

^ on that note my name is Claire and Im the same :)

When our older son first met his baby sister Claire he decided that the sounds she made sounded like little kitten sounds. So we have ALWAYS called her "Claire Cat". She also just so happens to be obsessed with cats :)

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Famous real-life people named Claire: | Edit

Claire Boucher(Grimes), Canadian artist, musician, and singer-songwriter
Claire Danes, American actress
Claire Holt, Australian actress
Claire Foy, English actress
Claire Skinner, English actress
Claire Trevor, American actress
Claire Lee Chennault (male), American military aviator
Claire McCaskill, United States senator
Claire McDowell, American actress of the silent era
Claire Coffee, American actress

Claire in song, story & screen: | Edit

Claire Danvers, main character in the Morganville Vampire books
Claire Bennet, character on the TV show "Heroes"
Claire Dunphy, character on the TV show "Modern Family"
Claire Fisher, character from HBO series "Six Feet Under"
Claire Kincaid, character on "Law and Order"
Claire Littleton, character on TV show "Lost"
Claire Standish, character in movie "The Breakfast Club"
Claire McCleod, McLeods Daughters
"Claire", song by Gilbert O'Sullivan
"Oh Claire", song by Cheap Trick
"Planet Claire", song by B-52s
Claire Lyons in "The Clique" series
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Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, a protagonist in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series of novels.
"Clair de la lune" is a song by Claude Debussy
Claire- Wedding Crashers
Claire huxtable in "The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)

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