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Clare Family History

Clare Name Meaning
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 English cl?g ‘clay’ + ora ‘slope’.English: from the Middle English, Old French female personal name Cla(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 also Sinclair.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 English cl?g ‘clay’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Clare Families

  • Number of Clare families
     98 - 194
     33 - 97
     1 - 32
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Clare families
     740 - 1,478
     247 - 739
     1 - 246
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Clare families
     6 - 10
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Clare Family Origin

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Clare Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Clare

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Clare Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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