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The CLAIR surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,520 6858 0.002 17
United States (1880 census) 1,151 4844 0.002 23
Change since 1880 +3369 -2014 0 -6
Other Countries
Australia 221 6873 0.001 14
United Kingdom 275 13466 0.001 6
Top States for CLAIR by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 407 3367 0.003 33
California 335 7316 0.001 10
New York 326 5339 0.002 17
Florida 271 6488 0.002 17
Ohio 262 4771 0.002 23
Top States for CLAIR by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 82 2387 0.006 64
Pennsylvania 407 3367 0.003 33
Colorado 142 3514 0.003 33
Kansas 87 3426 0.003 32
Missouri 172 3871 0.003 31


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called CLAIR live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called CLAIR represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called CLAIR in Pennsylvania than any other state, but you are more likely to find a CLAIR by picking someone at random in Maine than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of CLAIR

Region of origin: Asia

Country of origin: India

Language of origin: Punjabi

Religious origin: Sikh

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CLAIR surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CLAIR in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 385 8.52
Asian/Pacific 60 1.33
White (Hispanic) 58 1.28
Mixed Race 55 1.22
Native American/Alaskan 37 0.82
White (Caucasian) 3,925 86.84

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the CLAIR surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of CLAIR in historical publications


Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to CLAIR

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CLAIR.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for CLAIR

The following words are slight variants of CLAIR that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.