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Clair

First Name
16k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Clair mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Clair

"Clair" is a name of French origin, and it means "Bright". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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A less common spelling of Claire.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A male given name.
  3. A village in New Brunswick, Canada
  4. A town in Saskatchewan, Canada

Notable Persons Named Clair

Clair Cameron Patterson was a scientist in the field of geochemistry. Clair was born on June 2nd, 1922 in Mitchellville, Iowa, U.S. He left this life on December 5th, 1995.

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Clair Engle was a senator. He was most prominent from 1959 to 1964. Clair was born on September 21st, 1911 in Bakersfield, California. He passed away on July 30th, 1964.

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Clair E. George was a Deputy Director of Operations and Central Intelligence Agency. Clair was born on August 3rd, 1930 in Pittsburgh. He passed away on August 11th, 2011.

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Clair Bee was a college coach. Clair was born on March 2nd, 1896 in Grafton, West Virginia. He left this life on May 20th, 1983.

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Clair Marlo is a musician. She plays Piano, Musical keyboard, and Human voice. She was most active from 1986 to present. Clair was given the name Clara Veseliza in 20 in New York. Clair is also known as Clara Veseliza Baker.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Clair

Jessica St. Clair is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Jessica was born on September 21st, 1977 in Westfield, New Jersey, U.S.

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His career lasted from 1924 to 1976. René was given the name René-Lucien Chomette on November 11th, 1898 in Paris, France. He died on March 15th, 1981.

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Alice St. Clair is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to present. Alice was given the name Lady Alice St. Clair-Erskine on June 14th, 1988 in England. Alice is also known as Lady Alice St.Clair-Erskine.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1972 to 1972. Dick was given the name Richard Jones on November 12th, 1931. Dick is also known as Jones and Richard. He left this life on December 12th, 1988.

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Lindi St Clair is an author, political campaigner, and political campaigner (retired). Lindi was given the name Marian June Akin on August 11th, 1952 in London, England.

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Bob St. Clair was an american football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1953 to 1963. Bob was born on February 18th, 1931 in San Francisco, California. He left this life on April 20th, 2015.

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How popular is the baby name Clair in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 17 5 12
1881 9 0 9
1882 15 0 15
1883 15 0 15
1884 13 0 13
1885 14 0 14
1886 20 0 20
1887 12 0 12
1888 26 0 26
1889 25 5 20
1890 20 0 20
1891 39 7 32
1892 33 5 28
1893 25 0 25
1894 32 0 32
1895 38 7 31
1896 43 10 33
1897 33 6 27
1898 44 7 37
1899 45 15 30
1900 50 11 39
1901 28 7 21
1902 45 8 37
1903 42 9 33
1904 51 9 42
1905 56 13 43
1906 47 7 40
1907 61 11 50
1908 61 8 53
1909 48 9 39
1910 43 8 35
1911 85 15 70
1912 153 17 136
1913 203 12 191
1914 237 33 204
1915 323 26 297
1916 334 33 301
1917 346 32 314
1918 366 41 325
1919 368 29 339
1920 379 40 339
1921 357 36 321
1922 354 34 320
1923 405 49 356
1924 349 22 327
1925 344 34 310
1926 373 35 338
1927 325 38 287
1928 334 48 286
1929 319 34 285
1930 365 51 314
1931 285 31 254
1932 270 32 238
1933 275 27 248
1934 268 30 238
1935 239 22 217
1936 246 19 227
1937 229 31 198
1938 201 24 177
1939 231 23 208
1940 205 30 175
1941 194 29 165
1942 206 26 180
1943 186 21 165
1944 203 44 159
1945 161 29 132
1946 178 35 143
1947 195 37 158
1948 185 37 148
1949 149 33 116
1950 157 44 113
1951 175 39 136
1952 171 40 131
1953 167 42 125
1954 146 41 105
1955 135 36 99
1956 144 29 115
1957 103 23 80
1958 124 40 84
1959 114 42 72
1960 100 33 67
1961 118 43 75
1962 97 34 63
1963 99 30 69
1964 78 26 52
1965 72 15 57
1966 63 22 41
1967 61 28 33
1968 39 14 25
1969 50 18 32
1970 45 18 27
1971 33 11 22
1972 40 12 28
1973 39 16 23
1974 44 20 24
1975 42 28 14
1976 45 26 19
1977 35 22 13
1978 44 28 16
1979 38 24 14
1980 44 22 22
1981 43 31 12
1982 49 41 8
1983 50 32 18
1984 51 41 10
1985 65 54 11
1986 72 54 18
1987 42 42 0
1988 76 65 11
1989 49 49 0
1990 56 49 7
1991 66 66 0
1992 66 59 7
1993 45 40 5
1994 50 50 0
1995 68 61 7
1996 67 57 10
1997 62 56 6
1998 48 48 0
1999 49 49 0
2000 50 50 0
2001 53 46 7
2002 58 53 5
2003 49 49 0
2004 41 41 0
2005 48 48 0
2006 47 47 0
2007 62 62 0
2008 64 64 0
2009 56 56 0
2010 43 43 0
2011 56 51 5
2012 56 56 0
2013 45 45 0
2014 57 57 0
2015 48 48 0
2016 36 31 5

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Popularity of Clair as a first name

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Popularity of Clair as a last name

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Common last names for Clair

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Snyder
  • Wilson
  • Young
  • Thompson
  • Williams
  • Moore
  • Lewis
  • Nelson
  • Thomas
  • Martin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Clair U.S.
  White 83.31% 64.26%
  African American 10.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.66% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.88% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Clair

People with the last name Clair are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Clair

  • How Popular is the name Clair? Clair is the 1,866th most popular name of all time. As a last name Clair was the 7,292nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Clair have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,080 babies born with the first name Clair in the United States. That's more than enough people named Clair to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Clair? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Clair first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Clair is Tuesday, February 20th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Clair born? The highest recorded use of the first name Clair was in 1923 with a total of 356 babies.
  • Random Clair Factoid: According to the 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clair ranks 90th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 122 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1929.
  • Weird things about the name Clair: Your name in reverse order is Rialc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ilcra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Clair? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,571 people with the last name Clair.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Clair? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Clair as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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