Claire (given name)

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Gender Traditionally male, but in modern times more often female
Word/name French/Latin
Meaning bright, clear
Other names
Related names Clair, Clare, Clara, Clarissa

Claire or Clair /ˈklɛər/ is a given name of Latin/Viking origin via French; the name could mean "clear" or "famous".[1] The word still means clear in French in its feminine form.[2]

Its popularity in the United Kingdom peaked during the 1970s and 1980s; in 1974 it was the second most popular female first name and in 1984 was still sixth, but by 1997 it had fallen out of the top 100 after several years of sharply declining popularity.[3]

The name was traditionally considered male, specifically when spelled Clair;[4] however, it is now commonly used as a female name and is usually spelled Claire.

Women with the given name Clair or Claire[edit]

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Men with the given name Clair or Claire[edit]

  • Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault (1893–1958), American aviator, WW2 commander of the "Flying Tigers"
  • Clair Cameron Patterson (1922–1995), American geochemist, developer of the lead-lead isotopic dating method who calculated the age of the Earth as 4.55 billion years

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  1. ^ a b Levinson, Sarena. "Claire", Wiki.Name, accessed August 8, 2010
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  4. ^ Behind the Name - Clair