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The CLARE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,189 7328 0.002 16
United States (1880 census) 1,480 3885 0.003 30
Change since 1880 +2709 -3443 -0.001 -14
Other Countries
Australia 973 1697 0.006 60
United Kingdom 6,070 1035 0.013 132
Top States for CLARE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 468 6416 0.001 14
New York 441 4715 0.002 23
Florida 379 5646 0.002 24
Michigan 237 5506 0.002 24
Texas 235 8371 0.001 11
Top States for CLARE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alaska 34 2833 0.005 54
Rhode Island 41 4097 0.004 39
Kentucky 112 4309 0.003 28
Delaware 19 7571 0.002 24
Michigan 237 5506 0.002 24


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

Classification and Origin of CLARE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CLARE 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.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the CLARE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CLARE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 394 9.41
White (Hispanic) 113 2.7
Mixed Race 69 1.65
Asian/Pacific 32 0.76
Native American/Alaskan 19 0.45
White (Caucasian) 3,562 85.03

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

Meaning of CLARE in historical publications

(origin: Fr.) Clair, from the Latin Clarus, pure, renowned, illustrious.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to CLARE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CLARE.

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 CLARE

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