Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Claire

Claire is a French name derived from the Latin “clārus” meaning “clear, bright, distinct” or sometimes “illustrious, bright, shining”. Clara would be the Latinate equivalent, Clare English and Chiara Italian. Inspiration behind the usage of Claire would arrive in the Middle Ages in homage to a 12th/13th century Italian woman by the name of Chiara Offreduccio, later known as St. Clare of Assisi, a notable disciple of St. Francis. In order to help the poor she founded an order of nuns named the Poor Clares, who continue to serve today. The word “clair” in French essentially means “clear” (hence the word “clairvoyance” which means clear vision). Some etymologists suggest that Clare (the English version) may have developed as a surname derived from an occupation name, from the Old Anglo-Saxon “clæg” in reference to a “clayer” (one who worked with clay, a plasterer). The French form, Claire, was revived in the 19th century, as was Clara. Today Claire is only moderately popular in France. It’s most commonly used among Canadians and Americans.

All About the Baby Name – Claire

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME CLAIRE

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME CLAIRE

Claire has long been a familiar female name in the Western world, and one which has enjoyed solid positioning on the American popularity charts. Despite her constant usage for over 150 years, Claire did not achieve Top 100 status in the United States until very recently in 1998. Not only does she continue to show upwards momentum, but Claire is also the preferred spelling in America (over Clare, Clara and Clarissa). For parents looking for a one-syllable name that has a gorgeous feminine French sound to it, Claire is “clearly” the perfect choice. It’s sophisticated and modest at the same time.

Quick Facts

ON CLAIRE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

French

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

49

PRONUNCIATION:

KLAYR

SIMPLE MEANING:

Clear, bright

Characteristics

OF CLAIRE

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Claire

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME CLAIRE

Popular Songs

ON CLAIRE

Claire de Lune
by the French composer Claude Debussy

Oh Claire
a song by Cheap Trick

Planet Claire
a song by the B-52’s

Claire and Johnny
a song by Chuck Brodsky

Famous People

NAMED CLAIRE

Claire Danes (actress)
Claire Bloom (actress)
Claire Danes (actress)
Claire Bloom (actress)
Claire Danes (actress)
Claire Bloom (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED CLAIRE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Claire

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME CLAIRE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Claire