Clare: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Clare
Origin of the name Clare:
A cognate of Clara, which is derived from the Latin clārus (bright, clear, famous). Var: Clair, Clara. Dim: Clairette. (clare)
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Clare has a range of variants: Clarice, Clarissa, Clare, Clair, Clarinda, Claribel, Esclairmonde, and Clarimond.
Names with the same meaning in other languages: Bertha/Berte (German); Gwen (Welsh); Fiona (Irish, kind of); Chiara (Italian); Clara (Latin); Claire (French);
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As my name is Clare, I have a few things to share:
'Clara' means 'white', as in 'egg-white' in Spanish.
Many variants include 'Clarabelle, Clarissa, and Clarity.' I keep on getting confused with the name 'Grace'.
My name is Clare. I have always loved my name. To me it is classic, sophisticated, unique and beautiful. The only downside to it is that everyone thinks it is spelled with an "i". I spell it the Irish way, the more awesome way! I get compliments on my name, and how I spell it, all the time. My nicknames have been Claresy, Clare bear and Clarey.
In the UK (and probably other countries), Clare was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, then dropped off, so it's now rare to find a Clare under 20. It's starting to make me feel old!
Clare is my best friend's name. I really like it, and I think it's a much better way to spell it. Clare says that she doesn't like how it's only syllable, and would like to have a multi-syllable name, thought.
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- Clarey or Clarie
- Clare Bear
- Meanings and history of the name Clare: | Edit
Clare derives from the Latin word clarus, which means "clear, bright, shining, brilliant to the sight." Clarus comes from clareo, which indicates "I am bright, I shine" and, figuratively, "I am renowned," and its other offshoot claresco ("I become illustrious").
- Famous real-life people named Clare: | Edit
- St. Clare was one of the first followers (and a dear friend) of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares. Patron of clairvoyance and eye disease.
- Lady Elizabeth Clare: Sister of the Earl of Clare. She founded Clare Hall at Cambridge in 1326.
- Clare Higgins: Actress
- Clare Coulter: Actress
- Clare Boylan: Writer
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Clare Abshire, a main character in Audrey Niffenegger's novel "The Time Traveler's Wife".