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Clare is a name that has a long and storied history. A name that has survived the test of time, it's recently become quite popular once again. Read on to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Clare:

Medieval English: clear, bright

Origin of the name Clare:

Clare is a name of Middle English origin that means “clear” or “bright”. It is the English version of the Latin name Clara.

Symbolism of the name Clare:

Clare tends to symbolize a bright or promising future, with a clarity of purpose implied by the name.

Style of the name Clare:


Gender of the name Clare:

Clare is almost always used as a baby name for girls in the United States, but it is infrequently used as a unisex name in Britain.

Pronunciation of the name Clare:


Number of syllables in the name Clare:


Emotion evoked from the name Clare:

Clare tends to evoke emotions that are related to nostalgia and fond memories.

Alternative spellings for the name Clare:

Nicknames for the name Clare:

  • Clairey
  • C

Popularity of the name Clare:

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Clare is the 823rd most popular name for baby girls in the United States as of 2020. The name was most popular in 1912, when it was the 402nd most popular name for baby girls.

Related names for the name Clare:

Great middle names for Clare and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Clare:

  • Clare Venema (model)
  • Clare Moody (politician)
  • Clare Hastings (author)
  • Saint Clare of Assisi (Catholic saint)

Clares in popular culture:

  • Clare Devlin (character, Derry Girls)
  • Clare Arnold (character, Beverly Hills 90210)
  • Clare Abshire (character, The Time Traveler's Wife)
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