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Claire

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Illustrious
  • #413 All Time
  • #44 in 2014
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269k Clara (Latin)
31k Clare (English)

How popular is the name "Claire" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 21 21 0
1881 23 23 0
1882 30 30 0
1883 38 38 0
1884 33 33 0
1885 57 49 8
1886 66 61 5
1887 58 58 0
1888 73 73 0
1889 62 62 0
1890 78 72 6
1891 84 84 0
1892 86 86 0
1893 97 92 5
1894 103 96 7
1895 118 118 0
1896 117 106 11
1897 113 105 8
1898 142 133 9
1899 132 121 11
1900 163 156 7
1901 127 122 5
1902 163 156 7
1903 175 164 11
1904 170 163 7
1905 203 184 19
1906 223 213 10
1907 225 206 19
1908 249 235 14
1909 269 259 10
1910 286 274 12
1911 347 333 14
1912 468 440 28
1913 526 490 36
1914 606 571 35
1915 860 809 51
1916 903 838 65
1917 988 926 62
1918 1,135 1,072 63
1919 998 953 45
1920 1,091 1,019 72
1921 1,281 1,210 71
1922 1,405 1,339 66
1923 1,467 1,392 75
1924 1,650 1,583 67
1925 1,568 1,502 66
1926 1,727 1,676 51
1927 1,903 1,838 65
1928 1,796 1,733 63
1929 1,759 1,699 60
1930 1,700 1,653 47
1931 1,691 1,626 65
1932 1,546 1,508 38
1933 1,409 1,372 37
1934 1,353 1,309 44
1935 1,163 1,124 39
1936 1,123 1,083 40
1937 994 958 36
1938 1,101 1,074 27
1939 956 931 25
1940 983 950 33
1941 984 954 30
1942 1,063 1,027 36
1943 1,026 1,002 24
1944 1,026 1,008 18
1945 936 916 20
1946 1,133 1,116 17
1947 1,201 1,179 22
1948 1,044 1,025 19
1949 1,106 1,089 17
1950 1,057 1,039 18
1951 1,082 1,061 21
1952 1,100 1,078 22
1953 1,104 1,089 15
1954 1,056 1,032 24
1955 1,001 993 8
1956 998 985 13
1957 1,042 1,031 11
1958 966 960 6
1959 1,008 995 13
1960 899 899 0
1961 811 811 0
1962 814 807 7
1963 675 675 0
1964 612 607 5
1965 527 527 0
1966 505 500 5
1967 390 390 0
1968 360 354 6
1969 384 378 6
1970 345 345 0
1971 299 299 0
1972 277 277 0
1973 411 406 5
1974 366 366 0
1975 396 387 9
1976 375 375 0
1977 477 477 0
1978 481 481 0
1979 540 540 0
1980 568 568 0
1981 681 681 0
1982 815 815 0
1983 855 855 0
1984 978 978 0
1985 1,190 1,185 5
1986 1,314 1,304 10
1987 1,342 1,332 10
1988 1,453 1,446 7
1989 1,690 1,670 20
1990 1,862 1,851 11
1991 1,825 1,818 7
1992 1,948 1,948 0
1993 1,899 1,894 5
1994 2,172 2,172 0
1995 2,473 2,473 0
1996 2,737 2,737 0
1997 3,039 3,039 0
1998 3,646 3,641 5 #91 girl name
1999 3,732 3,732 0 #86 girl name
2000 3,710 3,710 0 #86 girl name
2001 3,641 3,641 0 #82 girl name
2002 3,404 3,404 0 #95 girl name
2003 3,570 3,570 0 #92 girl name
2004 3,344 3,333 11 #98 girl name
2005 3,298 3,291 7 #95 girl name
2006 4,012 4,012 0 #86 girl name
2007 4,618 4,611 7 #66 girl name
2008 4,605 4,598 7 #62 girl name
2009 4,831 4,824 7 #53 girl name
2010 4,914 4,914 0 #53 girl name
2011 4,893 4,893 0 #50 girl name
2012 4,941 4,941 0 #45 girl name
2013 4,651 4,651 0 #49 girl name
2014 4,991 4,991 0 #44 girl name

Want to know about the populiarty of Claire? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 169,800 babies born with the name Claire in the United States. That's more than enough Claires to occupy the country of Saint Lucia with an estimated population of 166,526 (as of May 10, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 21 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Claire" was in 2014 with a total of 4,991 babies. (That's a lot of baby Claires)

According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Claire" ranks #90 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 35 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1997. Across the entire United States a total of 3,039 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Claire popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Claire" mean? The list below shows the origins of Claire as well as things modernly associated with the name Claire such as celebrities named Claire.

French

Origin and Meaning of Claire

The name "Claire" is of French origin, and it means "Illustrious". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Claire Danes

Claire Danes is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1992 to present. Claire was born in 1979 as Claire Catherine Danes in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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Claire Forlani

Claire Forlani is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1991 to present. Claire was born in 1972 as Claire Antonia Forlani in Twickenham, London, England.

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Claire King

Claire King is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1989 to present. Claire was born in 1963 as Jayne Claire Seed in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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Claire Sweeney

Claire Sweeney is an actress, television presenter, and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1989 to present. Claire was born in 1971 as Claire Jane Sweeney in Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

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Claire Richards

Claire Richards is a singer-songwriter and dancer specializing in pop music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1997 to present. Claire was born in 1977 as Claire Richards in Hillingdon, London, England.

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Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom is an actress (stage and film) with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1948 to present. Claire was born in 1931 as Patricia Claire Blume in Finchley, London, England.

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Alternative Meanings

C is for captive, your web of charm.

L is for luster, your shine.

A is for abundant, your cheer knows no bounds.

I is for ideals, no higher!

R is for refreshing, the sparkling you.

E is for excellence, your passion, your drive.

Your name in reverse order is "Erialc". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Reliac". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Claire born Sep 18, 1958

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern China approximately on 1600. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

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