Meaning: Clear, bright; famous
Alternate spellings: Clare, Clara, Clarabelle, Clarissa, Clarice
Claire, the French version of Latin Clara, means “clear, bright, famous.” Clara was the more popular name for nearly a century, ranking in the top 15 between 1880 and 1899 and outranking its French sibling until the 1970s. While both versions are currently on the rise, Claire is keeping its lead on more-classic Clara.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008