Meaning and Origin of: Clare

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Bright

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish and English : habitational name from Clare in Suffolk (probably named with a Celtic river name meaning ‘bright’, ‘gentle’, or ‘warm’). One of the first Normans in Ireland (1170–72) was Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, better known as ‘Strongbow’, who took his surname from his estate in Suffolk.
  • English : habitational name from Clare in Oxfordshire, named with Old Englishclǣg ‘clay’ + ōra ‘slope’.
  • English : from the Middle English, Old French female personal nameCla(i)re (Latin Clara, from clarus ‘famous’), which achieved some popularity, greater on the Continent than in England, through the fame of St. Clare of Assisi. See alsoSinclair.
  • English : occupational name for a worker in clay, for example someone expert in building in wattle and daub, from Middle English clayere, an agent derivative of Old Englishclǣg ‘clay’.