Clair Family History

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Clair Name Meaning

French: from the personal name Clair (Latin Clarus ‘illustrious’), which was borne by a 3rd-century bishop of Nantes and by the 4th-century St. Clair of Aquitaine.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Claire, Clare, Leclair, Clar, Claro, Claar, Clear, Caire, Klahr

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Clair Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Clair name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Clair. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Clair Family Origin

Where is the Clair family from?

Clair Family Occupations

What did your Clair ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Clair family was Cultivateur. Farmer, Labourer and Farmer Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clair. The most common Clair occupation in Canada was Farmer. 44% of Clair's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer Son

  • Cultivateur


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Clair ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Clair Historical Records

What Clair family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 113,000 census records available for the last name Clair. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clair 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Clair. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Clair. For the veterans among your Clair ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clair Life Expectancy

What is the average Clair lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Clair life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Clair in 1944 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clair

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clair 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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