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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Claire
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Claire in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Claire:
Records indicate that 157,604 girls in the United States have been named Claire since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 4,915 people in the U.S. were given the name Claire. Those people are now 8 years old.
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Comments about the name Claire
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23 Positive Comments
"My name is Claire and I love it and most of my friends call me Claire but one of them call me Claire Bear." Mar. 2, 2020:
"I named my daughter Claire Marjorie and I think it's a beautiful name, we always get compliments on her name" Sep. 16, 2019:
"I think Claire is a beautiful name. It works great for a little girl (i.e. Claire Bear or E-Claire as in the pastry) and it's simple and elegant for a grown woman. I love the name Claire. It's old fashioned and modern all at once! My new granddaughter is named Claire!" Aug. 5, 2019:
"Claire is my name and I love it!!! I haven't known many people with my name, but I know a few with Claire as their middle name.... My parents considered naming me Paige, but I prefer Claire! I get compliments a lot, and it's unique enough to be fun. My full name is Claire Elizabeth (without my last name)." Nov. 30, 2018:
"We named our daughter Claire. She's 13 and very beautiful. It's a great name that ages well and she gets compliments on it all the time. What does annoy me is people spelling it several different ways. Clare and Clair. That just gets everyone all confused so that we all have to spell the name for everyone!" Oct. 19, 2016:
"Claire is one of my favorite names. Yes, it is also the name of the biggest love of my life but still. I notice that in movies, the well rounded attractive, smart girl character in her 20s is so often named Claire which must say something good about the name. I think it speaks well for a person's intelligence as well as being a name that attracts all other positive ideas around it. I believe it means "Light" in French which is the origin as well. Just a beautiful, but not too common name." Nov. 12, 2011:
"claire is the coolest, hottest, and best name ever! and its not my name" Nov. 12, 2010:
"Claire is an awsome name! It's my name! I wouldn't want my name to be anything but!" Feb. 7, 2010:
"My name is Claire and I love it! I love that it is an unusual but not TOO unusual name. In my 22 years of life I have only met 3 other Claires!" Dec. 3, 2009:
"I'm Claire too. I used to want to go by "Clara" but now I much prefer Claire. In fact, my parents gave me the name before some friends of theirs had their kid, which they named Jamie Claire because we stole the name. oops. I love this spelling best, i don't even like the name with different spelling actually." Aug. 25, 2009:
"my name is claire and i love it! everybody says what a pretty name and that they want to name their kids that. claire is a great name." May. 26, 2009:
"Well the name Claire absolutely rocks ;). I've had it for twenty years and I've always loved it! My sister and her husband are even thinking of using it for their next daughter's middle name. A wonderful choice ;)." May. 8, 2008:
"i think this name is amazing, one of my friends is called clare and we loves it
love me xx" Oct. 16, 2007:
"We named our daughter Claire, because we wanted a name that would be pretty as a child and also pretty and professional-sounding as an adult. We wanted something that was not over-used, and it was perfect - she has been the only Claire in her whole school. It is often misspelled Clair." Sep. 21, 2007:
"I love the name because of Claire Danes, the actress." Mar. 9, 2007:
"I know a claire thats b-day is on oct. 15 she just turned 2!she is often called claire bear!" Oct. 24, 2006:
"I was named Claire in 1977 and only knew one other Claire growing up and she was from England. I wasn't especially fond of my name growing up, but now I love it as a classic, smart souning name. I even named my baby daughter Julia Claire!
The negative experiences I had were comments that "Claire is a fat girl's name" which was a comment in the movie, "The Breakfast Club." Luckily, I've always been thin so this comment never bothered me.
As a kid, I liked the nickname Claire Bear." Apr. 29, 2006:
"claire is my name, and i absolutely love it. everybody used to, and still do call me claire bear.
~claire" Mar. 25, 2006:
"We named our daughter Claire and the response has been very positive. It fits her perfectly." Mar. 20, 2006:
"I love the name claire, it`s my name and i think it`s short and sweet, but can be easily nick-named." Mar. 8, 2006:
"My daughter's name is Claire and it fits her perfectly. She is beautiful, very feminine and sweet. We also refer to her as our Claire Bear." Jan. 27, 2006:
"Claire is my 3 year old daughter's name and we all love it! It's classic and beautiful!" Jan. 22, 2006:
"My grandaughter is Claire Rebecca & she is beautiful. We sometimes refer to her as our little Claire Bear. I think she will love it as she is older because it's classy." Jul. 8, 2005:
2 Negative Comments
"My name is most frequently spelled incorrectly. I also find it sonically displeasing; it sounds dowdy. I think the origin is beautiful, though, and think it sounds lovely in French. As an American I find it less than preferable." Dec. 1, 2012:
"People who have this name get picked on alot--everything rhymes with Claire." Jan. 5, 2006:
17 Neutral Comments
"It is a pretty name, but- and based on the comments, I guess this is unusual?- I?m fifteen and I know six Claires that are in my grade at my school and even more that aren?t. It is, without doubt, the most common name in my grade." Mar. 26, 2018:
"I actually spell my name Clare; I have only met afew people with my name in my 16 years and it is really spelled the same. When I was younger I didn't like it much, partly because I was the only person I had come across with the name. I like it a lot more and best friend loves it. It has taken me a while to like the nickname clarebear because when I was younger, older kids used it to pick on me but I much prefer clarabella (clare-a-bella). Again I think this may be from past experiences. If you want to name your daughter Clare, Claire or Clair then be prepared to be asked the spelling constantly. Also watch that no one take advantage of the fact that it rhymes with everything. Btw my middle name is Louise. Hope that helps." May. 27, 2016:
"The name Claire is a beautiful name. I think that even though many people have itbas their name it is my favorite name and I wish my name was claire" Jun. 8, 2015:
"My middle name is Claire, and I was almost named Claire. I am so glad my parents didnt name me Claire because I know a multitude of girls named Claire. I personally think it sounds best as a middle name that is unique but simple. I have never met someone else with the middle name Claire. -Julia" Jul. 15, 2013:
"i am claire male to female transgirl choose name claire as it most pretty name" Nov. 19, 2011:
"Well I have been Claire for almost 40 years now. I have always been happy with my name. It was fine when I was a child, teenager and as an adult.
I have met several people with the name over the years however, never with the same spelling as mine. It's usually without the 'i' or without the 'e' and when people ask as they always do "is that Clair with an 'i' or Clare with an 'e'?" I always proudly say, "It's Claire with both the 'i' and the 'e', There is no shortfall with me!"" Feb. 23, 2011:
"my name would be brilliant if people spellt it right its C-L-A-I-R-E
I accept no variation" Dec. 15, 2010:
"i love the name claire its my name iam a post op transsexual i picked it my self" Oct. 27, 2010:
"I named my daughter Claire and I totally regret it. I think picking a one syllable name was a mistake. I want to change it!" Oct. 1, 2010:
"my name is claire, I'm 21 and my whole family still call me Claireypie!" Aug. 23, 2008:
"My name is claire and where im from it is a very popular name when i was going through school nearly ever class i was in had more than two claire in it everyone spells clare which i find very annoying" Jan. 2, 2008:
"My niece's name is actually Claireissa. But this was the closest one" Oct. 9, 2007:
"I love this name. Most People spell it Clair bu it spell it Claire" Aug. 27, 2007:
"The queen in one of my stories has this name, Claire. She has a powerful, commanding, yet inviting personality." May. 8, 2007:
"I absolutely adore the name Claire. It is a simple, yet fantastic name. It is the BEST NAME EVER! I will probably name one of my kids Claire when I grow up.If I don't have any kids, I'll get a dog and name her Claire!" Feb. 6, 2007:
"Claire is a cute name, but is commonly used. If you really want to name your child Claire try a different spelling." May. 5, 2006:
"I like the name Claire but it bugs me that i cant shorten my name. I think that it is a very pretty name though" Feb. 25, 2006:
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