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Claire

Origin: France
gender-female
Region Origin: Western Europe

The name Claire is a gender-neutral name of French origin, meaning "bright" or "clear". It is derived from the French word 'clair,' which means 'clear' and was primarily used for males. However, it is now more popular among girls, with variations such as Clair, Clare, Klaire, and Klare. The name Claire has been used in various cultures over many centuries, with its earliest use traced back to the 12th century. The name Claire has connections to saints and religious figures in certain cultures. Saint Clare of Assisi, a 13th-century Italian nun, established the Order of Poor Clares and is revered as a patron saint of television, photography, and the blind. Additionally, in Celtic cultures, Claire is linked to the goddess of the moon and associated with the color white, symbolizing purity and innocence.

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