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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

What did your Clare ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Clare family was Farmer. The most common Clare occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 3% of Clare's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clare.

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  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    2%
  • Farmer

    2%

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Clare Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Clare. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clare census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Clare. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Clare. For the veterans among your Clare ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clare Life Expectancy

What is the average Clare lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clare

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clare ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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