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Claire Family History

Claire Name Meaning

English and Irish: variant spelling of Clare. French: from the female personal name Claire (feminine form of Clair), which was popularized through the fame of St. Clare of Assisi (see Chiara).

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


Similar surnames: Clare, Clair, Laine, Clary, Blaise, Hilaire, Caine, Clore, Cleere

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Where is the Claire family from?

You can see how Claire families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Claire family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Claire families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Claire families living in Iowa Territory. This was about 33% of all the recorded Claire's in the USA. Iowa Territory had the highest population of Claire families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Claire surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Claire ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Claire. 19% of Claire men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Claire women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Claire were Farmer and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    7%
  • Farmer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housework
    7%
  • Waitress
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Claire. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Claire census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Claire. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Claire. For the veterans among your Claire ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Claire lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Claire life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Claire in 1957 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

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