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Clare - Is it / was it a man's given name in the USA?

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Clare - Is it / was it a man's given name in the USA?

Posted: 1317108235000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1317193796000

A simple question - can Clare be a man's given name in the USA?

I'm trying to trace Clara/Clare S Noble, born 1870. While I can find references to Clara/Clare's birth, they say she is a female. But later on she seems to become a male.

I've wondered if Clare is an abbreviation for Clarence; or if Clare is another way of spelling Claire; or if she was 'assigned' as a female at birth but later decided to be the male that he felt he was; or indeed whether she was a lesbian who decided that the only way to get through life was to describe herself as a male on census returns.

There are lots of possibilities, and I don;t expect that anything will get resolved. But any thoughts would be appreciated.

If I've made some errors in my thinking around the gender/sexuality issues and have offended anybody who reads this then please accept my apologies.

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