Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
clǣg ‘clay’ + ōra ‘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
- 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
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