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Etymology 1[edit]

The anglicized spelling of Irish Clár, from Old Irish clár ("plank, board"), from Proto-Celtic *klāros, *klārom (table).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A county in the Republic of Ireland
  2. A town in the county of Cavan, Ireland.
  3. A unisex given name.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Medieval English vernacular form of Clara, from the Latin clara, feminine of clarus, "bright, shining, clear", a post-classical name made famous by the 13th century Saint Clara (Clare) of Assisi.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name, more often spelled Claire from the 20th century onward.
  2. A large village in Suffolk, England.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      : Act I, Scene IV:
      Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more,
      But rather wishing a more strict restraint
      Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of Saint Clare.
    • 1999 Margaret York: The Price of Guilt: page 58:
      "What's your name?"
      "Clare Fairweather," she said. "Awful, isn't it?" and went away, hiding her mirth.


Clare (plural Clares)

  1. A nun of the order of Saint Clare.

Etymology 3[edit]

  1. A surname derived from Old English clǣġ (clay) as an occupational name for a worker in clay.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surnames (much less common than the female name).




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Proper noun[edit]

Clare f

  1. A female given name, equivalent to English Clara


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
Clare Chlare Glare
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.