The name Claire is of French origin and means "Illustrious." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
An alternate spelling of Claire is Clare. Clarey is a common nickname for the name Claire. Famous Claires include actresses Claire Danes and Claire Forlani. Claire Martin is a jazz singer and Claire Hodgkins is a violinist. Claire McCaskill is a Missouri senator. Claire Rutter is an English opera singer. There is also a Belgian princess named Claire. Fictional Claires include Claire Beachampp Randall Fraser from the television show Outlander, Claire Dunphy from Modern Family, and Claire Underwood, from the Netflix series, House of Cards. Claire de Lune is a musical piece by Claude Debussy.
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