Claire Name Meaning

Claire is a French name meaning “clear and bright.” A form of Clara, Claire is often used as a middle name in the U.S. though she has been a Top 100 girl name since the late 1990s.

Claire is the definition of French style, petite and chic with her one-syllable sound. She doesn’t need ruffles like Isabella or Victoria to be elegant, holding her ground quite nicely despite her tiny size. Her minimalistic feel leaves her relatively free of nicknames, though Claire-Bear is an irresistible cutesy choice some parents can’t help loving.

While Claire is short and sweet, she has an artistic side thanks in part to her French feel. She’s a name easily associated with the arts and it wouldn’t be all that far-fetched to see a little Claire dabbling in painting or sculpting. She’s also saintly with Saint Clare the patron saint of television and good weather.

Claire has had quite the run in Hollywood, appearing in television and movies alike. Recently she’s appear in quite a few action roles like Claire Dearing in Jurassic World and Claire Temple in Daredevil, challenging her girly roots and cementing her as a worthy name contender in the eyes of many.

She does have alternative spellings in Clare and Clair, but Claire remains the most popular choice in the U.S. Other one syllable showstoppers include Maeve, Faye, and Nell.

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Claire Name Popularity

How popular is the name Claire? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 238 224 0.0636%
1911 223 272 0.073%
1912 217 386 0.0765%
1913 221 430 0.0758%
1914 226 521 0.0748%
1915 207 769 0.0846%
1916 211 785 0.0813%
1917 199 883 0.0883%
1918 188 1,036 0.0965%
1919 203 886 0.0846%
1920 195 981 0.0882%
1921 183 1,169 0.1021%
1922 170 1,294 0.1161%
1923 168 1,352 0.1207%
1924 160 1,539 0.1325%
1925 163 1,459 0.1291%
1926 147 1,641 0.1492%
1927 137 1,810 0.1635%
1928 138 1,681 0.1571%
1929 137 1,638 0.1581%
1930 137 1,611 0.1542%
1931 139 1,575 0.1596%
1932 140 1,451 0.1469%
1933 144 1,339 0.1437%
1934 155 1,259 0.1302%
1935 171 1,082 0.1113%
1936 178 1,035 0.1074%
1937 194 897 0.091%
1938 185 1,032 0.1008%
1939 195 885 0.087%
1940 194 901 0.0848%
1941 197 925 0.0822%
1942 200 992 0.0786%
1943 209 961 0.0736%
1944 201 969 0.0782%
1945 212 877 0.0719%
1946 214 1,069 0.0724%
1947 217 1,150 0.0689%
1948 236 971 0.0608%
1949 226 1,045 0.065%
1950 237 997 0.0619%
1951 240 1,013 0.0597%
1952 241 1,039 0.0595%
1953 244 1,054 0.0596%
1954 260 981 0.0537%
1955 271 969 0.0527%
1956 274 957 0.0507%
1957 271 997 0.0518%
1958 288 929 0.0492%
1959 285 965 0.0508%
1960 317 858 0.0453%
1961 331 774 0.041%
1962 328 767 0.0418%
1963 372 639 0.0356%
1964 396 563 0.032%
1965 401 491 0.03%
1966 417 457 0.0293%
1967 483 346 0.0228%
1968 519 298 0.0198%
1969 502 334 0.0217%
1970 551 295 0.0185%
1971 598 239 0.0159%
1972 583 227 0.0167%
1973 459 361 0.0278%
1974 478 324 0.0249%
1975 473 348 0.0271%
1976 494 322 0.025%
1977 423 441 0.0327%
1978 422 439 0.0327%
1979 407 494 0.035%
1980 404 523 0.0358%
1981 341 656 0.0446%
1982 304 778 0.0521%
1983 272 834 0.0565%
1984 252 961 0.0646%
1985 218 1,161 0.0765%
1986 199 1,284 0.0851%
1987 202 1,310 0.0858%
1988 190 1,417 0.0909%
1989 171 1,657 0.1027%
1990 159 1,829 0.1103%
1991 162 1,793 0.11%
1992 158 1,931 0.121%
1993 167 1,875 0.1203%
1994 148 2,162 0.1409%
1995 129 2,472 0.164%
1996 116 2,719 0.1816%
1997 108 3,029 0.2048%
1998 91 3,633 0.2427%
1999 86 3,726 0.2488%
2000 86 3,708 0.2427%
2001 82 3,641 0.2416%
2002 95 3,399 0.2268%
2003 92 3,563 0.2342%
2004 98 3,329 0.2184%
2005 96 3,282 0.2147%
2006 86 4,006 0.2558%
2007 66 4,608 0.2921%
2008 62 4,590 0.297%
2009 53 4,824 0.3228%
2010 53 4,911 0.3408%
2011 50 4,896 0.3436%
2012 45 4,944 0.3469%
2013 49 4,656 0.327%
2014 44 5,012 0.344%
2015 49 4,827 0.3318%
2016 40 5,207 0.3612%
2017 49 4,683 0.3355%
2018 49 4,379 0.3187%
2019 55 4,111 0.3037%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Claire

If you like Claire, you’ll love these other names like Claire.


What names are variants of Claire?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Claire.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ceara

Black; bright, famous

Latin

Cearra

Bright, famous

Latin

Cheeara

Bright, famous

Latin

Chiara

Bright, famous

Latin

Ciara

Black

Spanish

Ciarra

Black; bright, famous

Latin

Clair

Bright, famous

Latin

Claireen

Bright, famous

Latin

Clairene

Bright, famous

Latin

Claireta

Bright, famous

Latin

Clairette

Bright, famous

Latin

Clairey

Bright, famous

Latin

Clairice

Bright, famous

Latin

Clairinda

Bright, famous

Latin

Clairissa

Bright, famous

Latin

Clairita

Bright, famous

Latin

Clairy

Bright, famous

Latin

Clara

Bright and clear

Latin

Clarabel

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarabelle

Bright, famous

Latin

Clare

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarene

Bright, famous

Latin

Claresta

Bright, famous

Latin

Clareta

Bright, famous

Latin

Claretta

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarey

Bright, famous

Latin

Clari

Bright, famous

Latin

Claribel

Bright; beautiful

English

Claribella

Bright, famous

Latin

Claribelle

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarice

A variant form of Clara.

Latin

Clarie

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarinda

A variant form of Clara.

Latin

Clarine

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarisa

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarissa

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarisse

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarita

Bright, famous

Latin

Claritza

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarrie

Bright, famous

Latin

Clarry

Bright, famous

Latin

Clary

Bright, famous

Latin

Claryce

Bright, famous

Latin

Clayre

Bright, famous

Latin

Clayrette

Bright, famous

Latin

Clayrice

Bright, famous

Latin

Clayrinda

Bright, famous

Latin

Clayrissa

Bright, famous

Latin

Clerissa

Bright, famous

Latin

Cliara

Bright, famous

Latin

Clorinda

A heroine of Jerusalem Delivered, by the Italian poet Tasso, who described her as a maiden careless of her charms but ardent about military achievements.

Latin

Klaire

Bright, famous

Latin

Klara

Hungarian

Klaretta

Bright, famous

Latin

Klarissa

Bright, famous

Latin

Klaryce

Bright, famous

Latin

Klayre

Bright, famous

Latin

Kliara

Bright, famous

Latin

Klyara

Bright, famous

Latin

Seara

Bright, famous

Latin

Searra

Black; bright, famous

Latin


What names sound like Claire?

If you like how Claire sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Claire.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Blair

Plain, field

Scottish

Blaire

Plain, field

Scottish

Chloe

Green sprout

Greek

Cleo

“The celebrated one,” from the Greek kleo, make known or famous.

Greek

Clover

“She who clings lovingly.” From a Germanic base meaning “to adhere.” An allusion to the adhesive property of clover sap.

English

Maren

Star of the sea

Latin


What names are similar to Claire?

Find a name that’s like Claire, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ava

To live

Latin

Charlotte

Free man

French

Emma

Whole or universal

German

Grace

Gracious one

English

Lillian

Lily flower

English

Lily

Lily flower

English

Natalie

Christmas Day

French

Nora

Honorable one

Latin

Olivia

Olive tree

Latin

Sadie

Princess

Hebrew


Lists With Claire

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Claire.


Siblings of Claire

Mamas with kids named Claire also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Emily

To excel

Latin

Sara

Princess

Hebrew

6 Comments

  1. My mother help me pick her name and it fits her.

  2. A beautiful name, it sounds like innocence and purity. Strong and feminine

  3. Named after one of my favorite literary characters, we picked Claire for a name since it was classic and simple to spell. We knew we wanted a name that was shorter since our last name is a long complicated one. Claire definitely fit the bill! And her nickname couldn’t be any cuter… Claire Bear!!

    • They call me clairebear too

  4. I wanted a short classic name that can’t be shortened into a nickname. I dislike when people shorten my name. I also love the meaning “clear/bright”. She’s definitely a very smart girl.

  5. We chose Claire because it meant “bright” and we knew she would bring brightness to our lives.


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