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Gender: Feminine

Usages: German (Silesian)

Pronunciation: KLAH-rə

Meaning: Silesian German form of Clara.

(Information from name #235740 originally submitted by user Frollein Gladys)
Frollein Gladys  9/4/2019
I like this spelling better than Claire because this looks classier.
Hekate Rose  7/2/2019
It's likely that the county of Clare's name derived from Irish (clár), which means "plank, board" and references a bridge crossing the River Fergus. [noted -ed] This can also be a unisex name.
jocatchi  6/6/2019
I'm called Clare my parents named me after Gilbert O'Sullivan's 1972 hit single Clair (the moment I met you).
Strangely they misspelled my name when I got registered putting Claire on my birth certificate but not once did my parents use the I and it's even stranger when the song name is also spelt different so I'm linked to 3 versions of the name but I always liked it spelt Clare as there were loads of Claires in my year at high school but I was the only 1 without the I and to make things even weirder my d.o.b. is 27/11/72 which reversed is the same so I felt different which I liked ;)))))
c1arelbra  4/25/2019
I much prefer this spelling over “Claire.” Just as with everyone else here, it’s my own opinion. I think “Clare” looks so much prettier and classier.
EnglishTeacher1988  4/23/2019
In 2018, 12 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Clare who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1372nd most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/22/2018
This spelling is very weird.
kayisforkeen  10/18/2018
Silesian form of Clara.
Sofia  10/7/2018
This is my middle name. It was given to me after the saint, but I honestly would've preferred the Claire spelling. Clare looks incomplete to me.
BuckeyedPeach86  9/8/2018
I don't know, Clare sounds strange to me. I love Claire though, just one letter can change everything.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2017
As a male name it may be short for Clarence or an alternate spelling of Clair.
Nifty_Name_Nerd  8/12/2017
The name Clare was given to 392 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Clare are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
I like this name, and currently, do prefer this spelling. It feels just a little more on the classic side, compared to the more popular Claire, which I do also like. Either way, Clare/Claire is classic and pretty, feminine but not "frilly". It works well as a first or middle name. I have a character named Clare in the novel I am working on.
Paula Puddephatt  5/14/2017
Clare Thomas is a British actress who has appeared in several British films and television series. Some of her highest profile roles have been Aggie, one of the title character's classmates in the film Madeline, and Ingrid Dracula, daughter of the Count, in the children's television series Young Dracula. She also made an appearance in BBC One show Holby City, as the stepdaughter of a male patient.
cutenose  1/28/2017
A nice middle name.
Eileen1209864  6/20/2016
I love this name, it was the name if my first doll and if I have a girl I will certainly call her Clare. Timeless name.
Tik  12/2/2014
I love this name. It's the name of a dear friend, but I love it for other reasons too.
-Claire's is a tacky store, and so the name Claire looks a little tacky to me too
-Clare looks smoother to me, the "i" looks rugged, ugly, as unnecessary
-Clare is more phonetic if you think about it.
Eievie  12/29/2013
I prefer Claire (barely), but its very popular right now. So, Clare would be a nice alternative for anyone considering the name. As for the fact that it was once a boy name, I can see it on a boy and I'm guilty of kind of liking it as a masculine name. But I'm not so sure how well that would go over today. Of course, I still prefer it as a feminine name and I think it's a beautiful name no matter how its spelled. I just think its more original to spell it Clare. I think omitting the I makes it less 'girly' and more strong :)
Oohvintage  7/22/2013
Clare Kendry was the catalyst in Nella Larsen's novel Passing (1929).
luna11  6/6/2013
My daughter's name is Clare. When she was born in 1994, the name was not very popular and it was considered old fashioned.

To me the name Clare is not frilly or flashy or trendy. It has a quiet femininity that speaks of grace and confidence. The name is soft and beautiful, but it contains power too. A woman named Clare is likely to know her own mind and not be lead astray.
cbrand  11/24/2012
Clare Short, famous British politician of Irish ancestry.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2012
I'm not surprised no one has mentioned her, but I am disappointed; one British singer, Clare Maguire?

I love this spelling of the name more than its variants. I am writing a novel, where a main character has this name. :3
xsai  5/18/2011
I hate this name. It looks better as Claire. Clare just seems incomplete. But the sound is horrible, and every Claire/Clair/Clare I have ever met act exactly the same. Horrible, little elfin goblins. The name matches them.
Book_Reader22  4/13/2011
Without the "i" makes it look harsher. I prefer Claire.
Dawson  11/26/2010
This is my name - I like it a lot because it isn't too common and it sounds nice, only problem is people always think it is spelt 'Claire', even though I've never met any one else called Claire or Clare!
dischord33  4/12/2009
Claire is sweeter. Clare is more dignified. But I prefer Clara to both.

I was surprised to find out that I have/had a great-great-uncle Clare. I definitely think Clare works better as a girls' name.
ArielleirA  8/12/2008
Clare is a soft little bell, and looks more so on paper than does the French Claire.
EmilyOlive  6/28/2008
The name looks a tad nicer spelled Claire, but it doesn't make much of a difference. This is still a pretty, elegant, sophisticated name that can't be called immature, tacky, or trashy. The name is overused, but very nice.
slight night shiver  5/18/2008
This name seems sweeter than "Claire". "Claire" is too overused. Clare is not. This is why I like this name.
Patricia Underwood  2/5/2008
Clare is the central character of Norihiro Yagi's manga Claymore.
WeloveyouJesseLacey  1/1/2008
Clare is such a classic, beautiful, eloquent name that fits every situation and every type of person gracefully. Much better than the overly trendy "Claire!"
lunalovegood  12/14/2007
A famous bearer is Clare Oliver, the Australian anti-solarium campaigner that died at the age of 26 from melanoma cancer in September 2007.
nafer1  9/17/2007
The University of Cambridge has both a Clare College and a Clare Hall.

The name was also borne as a surname by the English Romantic poet John Clare.
reservoirdoll1987  8/11/2007
I can't decide which is better, Clare or Claire? I really love the name though!
Jasmine  4/10/2007
There is also an island off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland called Clare Island. I belive this island was also named after Strongbow, as noted before, and Grainne Ni Mhaille (Grace O'Malley, she-king and pirate, contemporary of English Queen Elizabeth I) married him and upon his death ruled the seas and much of the western coast of Ireland from this her beloved post on Clare Island.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2007
Clare is a dear favorite of mine - I greatly prefer it to Claire.
Wordsmith  12/21/2006
Clare Abshire is a beautiful redhead in the sci-fi romantic novel by Audrey Niffenegger, 'The Time Traveler's Wife'. Just read the novel and you'll love the name even more, trust me it's good.
FyreHydenGirth  12/13/2006
Clare Quilty (a man) is a pedophile playwright in the novel Lolita.
Marauder  11/9/2006
There is a place in Ireland called County Clare.
ClaireCFC  9/6/2006
Clare means bright or clear. Clare is a form of Clara, and its origin is Latin.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2006
Actually, the above commenter is incorrect. Clara is a form of Clare. Clara is my name.
claraelizabethann  7/25/2006
No, Clare is a form of Clara. Clara was Latin and the original form, from which Clare is derived.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2007
This is a great name. Much more feminine than masculine.
Clare3333  6/30/2006
This is my name and I love it. I'm named after my mom's best friend. I love how unique it is without an i, and I rarely find someone who spells it this way. Clare is the coolest name ever.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2006
There is a song called Clare by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Clare. The moment I met you, I swear.
I felt as if something, somewhere,
had happened to me, which I couldn't see.
And then, the moment I met you, again.
I knew in my heart that we were friends.
It had to be so, it couldn't be no.
But try as hard as I might do, I don't know why.
You get to me in a way I can't describe.
Words mean so little when you look up and smile.
I don't care what people say, to me you're more than a child.
Oh Clare. Clare ...
Clare3333  6/29/2006
W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan (19th century librettist and composer, renowned for their comic operettas) are not the same as 20th century singer Gilbert O'Sullivan, who wrote and performed the little Clare song. No doubt his name is a tribute to them.
Anneza  4/13/2009
There is a Clare, Michigan.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2006
I really like this name without an "I" in it. It looks better, to me.
PerfectPointe  5/3/2006
I think this name looks much prettier with an I in it.
Dogsy  2/21/2006
Clare is one of the main characters in "The Time Traveler's Wife," (one of my favorite books) by Audrey Niffenegger.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
I really like this name but when I hear it, it reminds me of my best friend's little sister who passed away to sudden infant death syndrome and it really brings back bad memories.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2006
Clare is my grandmother's, my mother's and my middle name. I like it because it is unique for a middle name (unlike so many of my friends Marie, Kay, Rae, Lynn, etc.) My grandmother was given it after her grandfather's first name (Clarence). Clare will, of course, be my daughter's middle name.
christen  1/3/2006
Clare Arnold was a character on Beverly Hills 90210.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
I was angered to find that the alleged comments on 'Clare' were in fact NON-EXISTENT. So I decided to take on the heavy responsibility myself... I like my name, so does my mum.
Clare  11/19/2005

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