Clare (given name)

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GenderUsually female, but can be male.
Name dayAugust 11
MeaningBright, clear
Other names
Related namesClara, Clair/ Claire, Clarissa

Clare /ˈklɛər/ is a given name, the Medieval English form of Clara.[1] The related name Clair was traditionally considered male, especially when spelled without an 'e',[2] but Clare and Claire are usually female.

It is very often associated with the Irish County Clare. That name was derived from the Irish word ('Clár') given to a small bridge that crossed the River Fergus near the town of Ennis in what is now County Clare.[3]



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  1. ^ Clare at Behind the Name
  2. ^ Clair at Behind the Name
  3. ^ "Clare". Library Ireland. Retrieved 16 April 2015.