Claire, Clare, Clair

Name Nerds main

FOR REAL: A French form of Clara, Claire is derived from the Latin word clarus, meaning "bright; clear; famous; loud; notorious." Occasionally Clare is used as a name by people of Irish descent as a nod to the county of Clare in Ireland. This place name has a different origin; it's an anglicization of the Irish an Clár, which means, "flat place." Clare's popularity was also probably reinforced (at least in Britain) by the surname Clare, which derives from the place name in Suffolk, which possibly stems from a Latin word meaning "clear."

diminutives: Clairy

related names: Clarissa, Clarinda, Clarence, other forms