Clare Name Meaning & Origin

Clare

Pronunciation: KLAYR (key)

Origin of the name Clare:

A cognate of Clara, which is derived from the Latin clārus (bright, clear, famous). Var: Clair, Clara. Dim: Clairette. (clare)

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Clare

- Clara
- Claret
- Clarey or Clarie
- Clare Bear
- Clarion
- Quare
- Clarence
- Clarissa

Meanings and history of the name Clare

Clare derives from the Latin word clarus, which means "clear, bright, shining, brilliant to the sight." Clarus comes from clareo, which indicates "I am bright, I shine" and, figuratively, "I am renowned," and its other offshoot claresco ("I become illustrious").

In an anime named Claymore Clare is one of the Twins Goddesses of Love which are honored and celebrated.

Famous real-life people named Clare

- St. Clare was one of the first followers (and a dear friend) of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares. Patron of clairvoyance and eye disease.
- Lady Elizabeth Clare: Sister of the Earl of Clare. She founded Clare Hall at Cambridge in 1326.
- Clare Higgins: Actress
- Clare Coulter: Actress
- Clare Boylan: Writer

Clare in song, story & screen

Clare Abshire, a main character in Audrey Niffenegger's novel "The Time Traveler's Wife".
Clare Edwards, a character on the Canadian television show Degrassi
Clare is the main character in an anime named Claymore.

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