Clare

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32k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Clare

"Clare" is a name of English origin, and it means "Illustrious". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Clare
A nun of the order of St. Clare.
Wiktionary

Medieval English vernacular form of Clara.

  1. A female given name, often spelled Claire in the 20th century.
  2. A nun of the order of Saint Clare.

    Clare was also found in the following language(s): Manx

    Notable Persons Named Clare

    Keeley Hawes is an actor, model (people), actress, and model. She was most prominent from 1989 to present. Keeley was given the name Clare Julia Hawes on February 10th, 1976 in Marylebone.

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    Clare Grant is an actress, voice actress, producer, model, and singer. Her ongoing career started in 2004. Clare was given the name Clare Camille Johnson on August 23rd, 1979 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Clare is also known as Clare Johnson and Clare Green.

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    Clare Bowen is an actress, singer, and dancer. She was most active from 2003 to present. Clare was given the name Clare Maree Bowen on May 12th, 1984 in South Coast, New South Wales, Australia.

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    Clare Torry is a singer. Clare was born on November 29th, 1947 in United Kingdom.

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    Clare was born in 1978 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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    Clare Grogan is a pop music, rock music, and new wave music singing and actor. Clare was born on March 17th, 1962 in Glasgow.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Clare

    Cassandra Clare is a young-adult fiction author. Cassandra was given the name Judith Rumelt on July 27th, 1973.

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    Alex Clare is an alternative rock, electronica, blue-eyed soul, drum, bass, dubstep, electro house, contemporary r&b, and soul music musician. He has been prominent since 2010. Alex was given the name Alexander George Clare on September 14th, 1985 in Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom. Alex is also known as Beast.

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    Dustin Clare is an actor. He was most active from 2003 to present. Dustin was born on January 2nd, 1982 in Australia.

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    Richard was born as the child of Gilbert de Clare and 1st Earl of Pembroke in 1130 in Tonbridge, Kent, England. Richard is also known as Strongbow (Arc-Fort). He passed away on April 20th, 1176.

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    John Clare is a writer. John was born on July 13th, 1793 in Helpston, Soke of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England.

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    She holds the title suo jure Countess of Pembroke and Striguil. Isabel was born as the child of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, and Aoife MacMurrough in 1172 in Pembrokeshire. She left this life in 1220.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 23 15 8
    1881 20 20 0
    1882 29 21 8
    1883 34 22 12
    1884 48 38 10
    1885 35 27 8
    1886 35 26 9
    1887 43 31 12
    1888 55 43 12
    1889 45 34 11
    1890 40 35 5
    1891 39 34 5
    1892 66 56 10
    1893 46 30 16
    1894 73 56 17
    1895 56 47 9
    1896 72 53 19
    1897 55 48 7
    1898 67 59 8
    1899 53 37 16
    1900 73 63 10
    1901 59 47 12
    1902 72 57 15
    1903 69 57 12
    1904 71 59 12
    1905 81 67 14
    1906 72 59 13
    1907 69 55 14
    1908 84 70 14
    1909 97 73 24
    1910 112 94 18
    1911 110 84 26
    1912 164 132 32
    1913 163 113 50
    1914 244 169 75
    1915 248 171 77
    1916 300 215 85
    1917 276 189 87
    1918 341 255 86
    1919 321 233 88
    1920 340 237 103
    1921 333 241 92
    1922 320 229 91
    1923 331 240 91
    1924 301 217 84
    1925 348 254 94
    1926 324 241 83
    1927 314 241 73
    1928 309 231 78
    1929 272 208 64
    1930 290 231 59
    1931 293 234 59
    1932 295 227 68
    1933 243 198 45
    1934 237 188 49
    1935 205 167 38
    1936 208 167 41
    1937 215 168 47
    1938 193 143 50
    1939 193 156 37
    1940 201 173 28
    1941 205 162 43
    1942 205 163 42
    1943 247 211 36
    1944 257 224 33
    1945 251 217 34
    1946 280 241 39
    1947 309 267 42
    1948 253 223 30
    1949 283 246 37
    1950 298 265 33
    1951 287 255 32
    1952 268 248 20
    1953 344 322 22
    1954 282 260 22
    1955 346 319 27
    1956 290 271 19
    1957 317 293 24
    1958 355 333 22
    1959 330 313 17
    1960 336 321 15
    1961 347 334 13
    1962 331 318 13
    1963 299 286 13
    1964 251 244 7
    1965 189 180 9
    1966 177 167 10
    1967 159 149 10
    1968 132 132 0
    1969 115 115 0
    1970 123 116 7
    1971 81 75 6
    1972 78 78 0
    1973 110 110 0
    1974 104 104 0
    1975 117 110 7
    1976 121 116 5
    1977 123 115 8
    1978 128 123 5
    1979 130 130 0
    1980 131 131 0
    1981 142 142 0
    1982 183 183 0
    1983 170 170 0
    1984 210 210 0
    1985 208 208 0
    1986 211 211 0
    1987 248 248 0
    1988 253 253 0
    1989 284 279 5
    1990 338 338 0
    1991 323 323 0
    1992 323 323 0
    1993 328 328 0
    1994 355 355 0
    1995 387 387 0
    1996 450 450 0
    1997 446 446 0
    1998 510 510 0
    1999 512 507 5
    2000 485 485 0
    2001 460 460 0
    2002 433 433 0
    2003 417 417 0
    2004 419 419 0
    2005 412 412 0
    2006 438 438 0
    2007 473 473 0
    2008 453 453 0
    2009 405 405 0
    2010 421 421 0
    2011 414 414 0
    2012 379 379 0
    2013 377 377 0
    2014 386 386 0
    2015 389 389 0
    2016 393 393 0
    2017 315 315 0

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    Popularity of Clare as a first name

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    Popularity of Clare as a last name

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    Common last names for Clare

    • Smith
    • Miller
    • Johnson
    • Brown
    • Jones
    • Williams
    • Wilson
    • Davis
    • Murphy
    • Taylor
    • Anderson
    • Clark
    • White
    • Thompson
    • Allen

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Clare U.S.
      White 82.34% 64.26%
      African American 10.19% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.67% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.44% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.25% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.11% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Clare

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Clare

    • What name lists does Clare rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Clare? Clare is the 1,324th most popular name of all time. As a last name Clare was the 7,702nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Clare have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,064 babies born with the first name Clare in the United States. That's more than enough people named Clare to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Clare? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 23 new born babies.
    • When was Clare first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Clare is Monday, November 30th, 1868.
    • What year had the most people named Clare born? The highest recorded use of the first name Clare was in 1998 with a total of 510 babies.
    • Random Clare Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clare ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 9 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 1911.
    • Weird things about the name Clare: Your name in reverse order is Eralc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elrac. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Clare? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,309 people with the last name Clare.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Clare? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Clare as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • 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).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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