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Origins of the Clare surname

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About the Clares

We have a total number of 55259 records for people with the last name Clare.

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Where do most Clares live?

In 1921, most Clares lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Clares

How common is your surname?

903rd most common surname in the UK

We have 46,800 records for the Clare surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Clares most likely to marry?

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Clares.

What are the most common Clare first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Clare family members

Common jobs for Clares

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Clares in 1921


Domestic Servant


Cotton Weaver




General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Clares in 1921
General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


Farm Labourer




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