Claire

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Claire

  1. A female given name borrowed from the French form of Clara or Clare. Popular in the UK in the 1970s and the 1980s.
    • 1887 Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch: Dead Man's Rock. BiblioBazaar,LLC,2007. ISBN 1434649393 page 198:
      "I told you I was called ,or that they called me Claire. Were you not surprised when you saw my name as Clarissa Lambert?"
      "Is that all?" I cried. "Why of course, I knew how common it is for actresses to take another name. I was even glad of it; for the name I know, your own name, is now a secret, and all the sweeter so. All the world admires Clarissa Lambert, but I alone love Claire Luttrell, and know that Claire Luttrell loves me."
    • 2006 Wendy Harmer: Farewell My Ovaries. Allen&Unwin 2006. ISBN 1741146658 page 93:
      A woman named Claire should be able to describe the moon. Clair de Lune was of course one of Claire's favourite pieces of piano music.
  2. A male given name, a rare spelling variant Clare, derived from the surname.
    • 1991 Amy Tan: The Kitchen God's Wife. Ivy Books 1991. ISBN 080410753X page 203:
      When we arrived in Hangchow, all the pilots were honored at a big banquet given by that famous American general with a lady's name, Claire Chennault.

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Claire

  1. A female given name, cognate to Clara.

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