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


Similar surnames: Claire, Clark, Blake, Care, Lake, Clary, Place, Large, Claro, Clara

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Clare Family Origin

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Clare Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Clare family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clare. The most common Clare occupation in the USA was Farmer. 17% of Clare's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    17%
  • Laborer

    16%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    3%

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Clare Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, Clare life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Clare in 1942 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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