It's a really good name, but Claire or Clair is better.
If the name Clare Boothe Luce is unfamiliar to you, then perhaps you're familiar with one of her most prominent acolytes: Ann Coulter. The parallels between the two women are imperfect, to be sure. Yet it was TIME Magazine, a magazine significant in Clare Boothe Luce's personal history, that drew the comparison in a 2005 profile of Coulter. The comparison drew sharp rebukes from observers of all political persuasions; most argued that the comparison unjustly elevated Coulter and diminished Luce. Nonetheless, for those unfamiliar with Clare Boothe Luce's life and career, it's an interesting starting point.Clare Boothe was born in 1903 in New York City to two parents intimately involved with New York's theatre scene. Boothe's family moved to Memphis for a time but she returned with her mother and brother to New York after her parents' divorce. As a young girl, Boothe helped pay her family bills by starring in stage productions. Because of this, she didn't attend school until she was nearly a teenager. Boothe's initial introduction to politics came in the form of a new stepfather. Her mother married Albert E. Austin, a practicing physician and of Republican politics. He served two nonconsecutive terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives, from 1917 to 1919 and 1921 to 1923. He eventually served a term in the US House of Representatives, from 1939 to 1941.In 1923, Clare Boothe married George Brokaw. Brokaw was 24 years Boothe's senior, and the scion of a series of clothing stores. Boothe would charge later that Brokaw was abusive and an alcoholic. The pair had a daughter, Ann Clare Brokaw, in 1924. The marriage ended in divorce in 1929.Boothe initially planned a career as a writer. She was hired to work for Vogue, initially as a caption writer, and then served as managing editor of Vanity Fair. She published a volume of short stories, titled "Stuffed Shirts," in 1931 that received positive reviews. (Scriber's Magazine compared the work favorably to Evelyn Waugh.) She served as a war correspondent for Life Magazine, publishing "Europe in the Spring" after her travels.Of her writing career, it is probably her work as a playwright that is best remembered. An unsuccessful drama, "Abide With Me," premiered in 1935. The next year, though, her next play "The Women," a biting satirical comedy featuring a cast of some 40 actresses, debuted and proved a major success. The play was adapted into a 1939 film, starring Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Norma Shearer, Hedda Hopper, and a slew of other notable actresses. A 2008 remake, starring Meg Ryan, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler, and Debra Messing, among others, was less successful.In 1935, Boothe married Henry Luce, the publisher of TIME Magazine, Life Magazine, and Fortune Magazine. She adopted the name Clare Boothe Luce. (A stage/screen actress named Claire Luce was active during the same period; the name similarity often confused observers.) The relationship was complicated. As Luce's celebrity grew, her husband often questioned how much coverage his magazines should provide. Two two also had complex personal dynamics, including extensive affairs on the part of both.Luce's own political philosophy and involvement developed during the Great Depression. Beginning in 1932, she worked as the executive secretary for the National Party, an effort to unique conservatives with moderate liberals to rescue to the faltering economy. For a brief period of time, Boothe supported the policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but eventually became opposed to the New Deal.Luce identity as a Republican began when she became an active supporter of Wendell Willkie's 1940 presidential campaign. Her travels as a war correspondent for Life Magazine played a significant impact in her political evolution as well: she became deeply critical of Roosevelt's foreign policy.In 1942, Connecticut Republican leaders sought to convince Luce to run for the House of Representatives from a Connecticut political district, the same district her stepfather Albert Austin had represented from 1939 to 1941. Luce had a home in the wealthy town of Greenwich, in her proposed congressional district, though it wasn't her primary residence. Luce wasn't overly thrilled with the prospect, believing she would be a poor fit for politics, but she did agree. Opponents during the primary attacked her as a carpetbagger (not without merit), but she did prevail.Luce's experiences abroad gave her campaign an internationalist bent, versus the isolationism common throughout conservative quarters. Her platform, she delcared, had three goals, each tied to World War II: “One, to win the war. Two, to prosecute that war as loyally and effectively as we can as Republicans. Three, to bring about a better world and a durable peace, with special attention to postwar security and employment here at home.”In the 1942 general election, she faced Le Roy D. Downs, a first-term Democrat. In 1940, Downs had defeated Bothe Luce's stepfather for the same seat she was now seeking. Luce attracted an interesting mix of support, including Roosevelt backers and 1940 presidential candidate Wendell Willkie. Luce won a narrow victory, earning just 46% of the vote.Luce initially campaigned for a spot on the Foreign Affairs Committee; she was instead put on the Committee of Military Affairs. Luce was impatient with the process of legislating, so instead, she used her perch on the Military Affairs committee as a soapbox to criticize the Roosevelt administration. Her first floor speech, titled "America in the Postwar Air World," attracted some 200 House members, and included a forceful charge that the US should control global airspace. The speech attracted controversy, including a denouncement from members of the British Parliament. Most, though, believed that was Luce's goal.Luce's internationalist bent made her an interesting amalgam of forces in American politics. She was in favor of the formation of the United Nations and supported American refugee efforts, both domestically and through the UN.Her domestic policy were also significant more moderate than her rhetoric often suggested. Though she never claimed feminism as an organizing principle, she supported many of the policy arguments feminists of her era supported. She became a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1943, three decades before it dominated American feminism. She supported the formation of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. She supported the creation of the Department of Labor because she wanted to ensure womne and minority workers received equal pay for equal work. Perhaps most surprisingly, she supported heavy taxes on the rich, declaring "those who can afford it, the well-to-do and the rich, must be taxed almost to the constitutional point of confiscation."In 1944, Luce became the first woman to serve as the keynote speaker at a Republican National Convention. Her speech was a forceful rebuke of the Roosevelt administration. She went on a speaking tour in favor of Republican presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey. She charged that Roosevelt had "lied us into a war because he did not have the political courage to lead us into it." She also accused him of being "the world's leading isolaitonist and appeaser." She was assailed by critics, and receive an unexpectedly strong challenge in her reelection campaign that fall. Eventually, her Democratic challenger, Margaret E. Connors, Connecticut's 29-year-old Secretary of State, lost by just 1%.Luce's second term was marked by complicated feelings about foreign policy objectives to the Soviet Union. During her second term, Luce lost her interest in holding political office.Much of that loss of interest came in the form of tragedy. In January 1944, her 19-year-old daughter, Ann Clare Brokaw, a student at Stanford University, was killed in a car acccident. Luce went on a three-year spiritual sojourn seeking closure. She eventually found solace in Roman Catholicism, converting to the faith in 1946. (She funded the construction of a Catholic church adjacent to Stanford's campus as a memorial to her daughter, intended for use by the university; the church was sold by the diocese in 1998 and is now an Anglican worship space.)Upon her conversion to Catholicism, her public speaking became even more forceful and commanding. Nonetheless, she decided to end her career in electoral politics, retiring from Congress after two terms in 1947. She periodically contemplated a return, including possibly for the presidency, but never again entered a political race.No longer interested in electoral office, she remained extremely active politically. She addressed the 1948 Republican National Convention. From 1953 to 1957, she served as the United States Ambassador to Italy, the fifth woman to serve as an ambassador in American history and the first to serve as an ambassador to a major economy. She won over Italian conservatives, and became known to many as la Signora, "the Lady," but many regarded her as a foreign meddler. She was the victim of attempted poisoning during her tenure. She became a friend to Pope Pius XII, who had admired her since 1940.She was confirmed to be the United States Ambassador to Brazil in 1959, but a nasty exchange with Senator Wayne Morse (I-OR) led her to resign from the position after just three days. In 1973, she was appointed to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board by President Richard Nixon, where she served until the end of the Ford administration. She was reappointed to the board by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 but stepped down in 1983.Luce died of brain cancer in October 1987, at age 84, in her apartment in the Watergate apartment complex.Luce was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2017.
Clare is serene and light; one of the most beautiful names I've ever heard. This is how we spell the name of St. Clare of Assisi, but I love Claire just the same, and Clara too.
Clare is also used as a masculine given name in English (as an English form of Clarus), alongside Clair. However, Clare is more common for females. So, I think that the "Gender" of this name should be updated from "Feminine" to "Feminine & Masculine"; and the "Meaning & History" section of this name should be updated to read, "Medieval English form of Clara or Clarus. This is also the name of an Irish county, which was itself probably derived from Irish clár meaning 'plank, level surface'". Some evidence for this can be seen on the Popularity Chart for Clare for the United States. For more information, please see the comment down below by the user @LionB3.Sources:
Much prefer this to Claire. Lovely!
I love it way better than Claire! Clare is so beautiful and there are way less Clare's than Claire's, which I like a ton!
Reminds me of a beautiful girl!
Name of the day: 4/13/21.
It’s fine but I’d much prefer Claire/Clara.
It's my name and I really like it if y'all don't like it cause it doesn't have an I back off and no one letter ain't change a thing it makes more sense like this to me at least I love my name though!
It’s a lovely and pretty name you can’t really go wrong with, but personally I can’t make up my mind whether I prefer the spelling with an “i” in it (Claire). I think either is worthy of use!
St. Clare is a great namesake.
I'm sorry but this spelling just looks wrong to me. I have a friend named Clair so maybe that's it...
I think this name is really classy - no unnecessary letters and shorter. Due to how common this name is, I do think it is better suited as a middle name. It's the type of name that goes with most names so it'll make a great middle name.
I like this name much more now, and I think I may prefer it to Claire. However, I imagine a Clare will have her name misspelled a lot.
Love this spelling a little better than Claire. Short, simple, no unnecessary letters, and more uncommon.
Claire is my middle name, so I feel as though I’m betraying my Mom by saying this, but I definitely do prefer Clare. My Dad wanted to have my middle name be Clare, but he won the spelling of my first name and my Mom got the spelling of my middle name.
The association with St. Clare is awesome too. She’s the patron saint of Television.
In the USA, this name can also SOMETIMES be MASCULINE as a variant of the French name CLAIR, making it UNISEX.
103 boys in the US were named CLARE in 1920.
Clare Siobhan is a famous YouTuber who is known for her Sims related content.
It's fine, but it looks like a typo of Claire.
Gender: FeminineUsages: German (Silesian)Pronunciation: KLAH-rəMeaning: Silesian German form of Clara. from name #235740 originally submitted by user Frollein Gladys)
Also the Manx form of Clara:
I like this spelling better than Claire because this looks classier.
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.
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 ;)))))
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.
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.
This spelling is very weird.
This is not weird, but this spelling is so beautiful and elegant in my opinion.
Silesian form of Clara.
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.
I don't know, Clare sounds strange to me. I love Claire though, just one letter can change everything.
As a male name it may be short for Clarence or an alternate spelling of Clair.
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.
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.
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.
A nice middle name.
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.
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.
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 :)
Clare Kendry was the catalyst in Nella Larsen's novel Passing (1929).
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.
Clare Short, famous British politician of Irish ancestry.
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
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.
Without the "i" makes it look harsher. I prefer Claire.
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!
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.
Clare is a soft little bell, and looks more so on paper than does the French Claire.
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.
This name seems sweeter than "Claire". "Claire" is too overused. Clare is not. This is why I like this name.
Clare is the central character of Norihiro Yagi's manga Claymore.
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!"
A famous bearer is Clare Oliver, the Australian anti-solarium campaigner that died at the age of 26 from melanoma cancer in September 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.
I can't decide which is better, Clare or Claire? I really love the name though!
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.
Clare is a dear favorite of mine - I greatly prefer it to Claire.
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.
Clare Quilty (a man) is a pedophile playwright in the novel Lolita.
There is a place in Ireland called County Clare.
Clare means bright or clear. Clare is a form of Clara, and its origin is Latin.
Actually, the above commenter is incorrect. Clara is a form of Clare. Clara is my name.
No, Clare is a form of Clara. Clara was Latin and the original form, from which Clare is derived.
This is a great name. Much more feminine than masculine.
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.
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 ...
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.
There is a Clare, Michigan.
I really like this name without an "I" in it. It looks better, to me.
I think this name looks much prettier with an I in it.
Clare is one of the main characters in "The Time Traveler's Wife," (one of my favorite books) by Audrey Niffenegger.
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.
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.
Clare Arnold was a character on Beverly Hills 90210.
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.

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