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Claire

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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 1,107 1,090 17
1950 1,057 1,039 18
1951 1,083 1,062 21
1952 1,098 1,076 22
1953 1,104 1,089 15
1954 1,056 1,032 24
1955 1,001 993 8
1956 999 986 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 300 300 0
1972 276 276 0
1973 412 407 5
1974 366 366 0
1975 396 387 9
1976 376 376 0
1977 477 477 0
1978 481 481 0
1979 540 540 0
1980 567 567 0
1981 681 681 0
1982 814 814 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 1,454 1,447 7
1989 1,691 1,671 20
1990 1,863 1,852 11
1991 1,825 1,818 7
1992 1,948 1,948 0
1993 1,900 1,895 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 #99 girl name
2005 3,299 3,292 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 4,915 4,915 0 #53 girl name
2011 4,895 4,895 0 #50 girl name
2012 4,943 4,943 0 #45 girl name
2013 4,656 4,656 0 #49 girl name
2014 5,007 5,007 0 #44 girl name
2015 4,805 4,805 0 #49 girl name

Fun Facts about the name Claire

  • How many people with the first name Claire have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 174,637 babies born with the first name Claire in the United States. That's more than enough people named Claire to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Claire? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Claire first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Claire is Monday, October 14th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Claire born? The highest recorded use of the first name Claire was in 2014 with a total of 5,007 babies. That's a lot of babies named Claire!
  • Random Claire Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Claire ranks 40th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 39 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1942.
  • Weird things about the name Claire: Your name in reverse order is Erialc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rliaec. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Claire? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,253 people with the last name Claire.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Claire? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Claire as their last name since less than 1 person in 238k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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Popularity of Claire as a first name

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Popularity of Claire as a last name

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Common last names for Claire

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Jones
  • White
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • Kelly
  • Moore
  • Murphy
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • Sullivan
  • Young
  • Thompson
  • Harris

Common first names for Claire

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Claire U.S.
  White 74.94% 64.26%
  African American 9.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.93% 16.26%

Of Last Name Claire

People with the last name Claire are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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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.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Claire
A small inclosed pond used for gathering and greening oysters.

Etymology: F

Borrowing from French Claire, also a spelling variant of the English Clare.

  1. A female given name popular in the UK in the 1970s and the 1980s.
  2. A male given name, a rare spelling variant Clare, derived from the surname.

Claire was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons With the Name Claire

Claire Danes

Claire Danes is an actor and actress. She was most active from 1992 to present. Claire was given the name Claire Catherine Danes on April 12th, 1979 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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Claire Foy

Claire Foy is an actress. She was most prominent from 2008 to 2008. Claire was born on April 16th, 1984 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, UK.

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Grimes

Grimes is a synthpop, art pop, dream pop, electronica, and experimental pop musician. She plays Vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, piano, drums, percussion, bass, and Sampler (musical instrument). She has been prominent since 2009. Grimes was given the name Claire Elise Boucher on March 17th, 1988 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Claire Temple

Claire Temple is an important human.

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Claire Forlani

Claire Forlani is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1991. Claire was given the name Claire Antonia Forlani on July 1st, 1972 in Twickenham, London, England.

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Claire Holt

Claire Holt is an actress. She was most active from 2006 to present. Claire was given the name Claire Rhiannon Holt on June 11th, 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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  • Claire Coffee
    (actress)
  • Claire McCaskill
    (Member of the Missouri House of Representatives)
  • Claire Williams
    (deputy team principal)
  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    (singer)
  • Claire Richards
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Claire Trevor
    (actress)
  • Claire Clairmont
    (noteworthy human)
  • Claire Lee Chennault
    (military person)
  • Claire Denis
    (director)
  • Claire Sweeney
    (actress)
  • Claire Perry
    (for Devizes)
  • Countess of Ulster Claire
    (physician)
  • Claire Corlett
    (actress)
  • Claire Cooper
    (actor)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Claire

Princess Claire

Princess Claire is a bioethics researcher and bioethics. Princess was born on March 21st, 1985 in Filderstadt.

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Countess of Ulster Claire

Countess of Ulster Claire is a physician, pediatrician, and pediatrics. Countess was given the name Claire Alexandra Booth on December 29th, 1977 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

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Julie Claire

Julie Claire is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present.

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Ina Claire

Ina Claire was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1910 to 1910. Ina was given the name Ina Fagan on October 15th, 1893 in Washington, D.C., U.S. She breathed her last breath on February 21st, 1985.

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Claudia Claire

Claudia Claire is an important somebody. Claudia was born on March 10th, 1977 in Czechoslovakia.

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Sheri St. Claire

Sheri St. Claire is a famed person. Sheri was born on April 17th, 1957.

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What does the name Claire mean?

Cis for complete, nothing further needed here.

Lis for love, your love of life!

Ais for able, for you surely are.

Iis for inclusive, never leaving others out

Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

Eis for expert, in your chosen career

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