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Clare Family History

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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Where is the Clare family from?

You can see how Clare families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clare family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clare families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 232 Clare families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Clare's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Clare families in 1911.
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What did your Clare ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Clare. 26% of Clare men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Clare women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clare were Foreman and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    26%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Foreman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    34%
  • Income
    34%
  • Nooccupton
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
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Census Records

There are 140,000 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 Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Clare. 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 Cards

There are 13,000 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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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.

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