Topic #119: What is the story behind your given name?
Bonus: Do a web search on your given name and write about what you find.
My parents expected me to be a boy and they were going to call me David John. They hadn’t found out on a scan, for some reason they were just convinced I would be. So they didn’t have any names for girls ready. My father refused to leave the hospital until they’d come up with my name. Not sure where Claire Ruth came from as there’s no one in my family with it, in fact that was part of the reason for giving me an individual name, as it was a bit of a contentious issue with different relatives wanting me to have their names.
Apparently I reinforced my name because when I used to cry it sound like I was crying “Laire, Laire” which stuck as a nickname.
The Meaning of the name Claire
The meaning of the name Claire is as follows: Light, Bright, Clear, Illustrious, Famous
The Origin of the name Claire
The origin of the name Claire is believed to be: Latin
Your Numerology is: 3. Optimistic – Easygoing, sociable, spontaneous and humorous
Clare is a common name throughout Europe and the British Isles, its popularity once due in part to the fame of St. Clare of Assisi (c. 1193 – 1253). The Italian nun who founded the order of the Poor Clares.
- Famous real-life people named Claire: |
- Claire Forlani, actress
St. Claire/Clare of Assisi, founder of the Poor Clares order of nuns, friend of St. Francis, and patron saint of television
Claire Danes, actress and star of My So-Called Life (mid-90s coming-of-age TV show)
Claire Holt plays Emma on the Australian Nickelodeon Show h20: Just Add Water
Claire L’Heureux-Dube, Canadian Supreme Court Justice (served 1987-2002)
Claire Clairmont, stepsister of Mary Shelley, one of Lord Byron’s mistresses
- Claire in song, story & screen: |
- Claire Bennet, character on the TV show “Heroes”
Claire Dunphy, character on the TV show “Modern Family”
Claire Fisher, character from HBO series “Six Feet Under”
Claire Kincaid, character on “Law and Order”
Claire Littleton, character on TV show “Lost”
Claire Standish, character in movie “The Breakfast Club”
Claire McCleod, McLeods Daughters
“Claire”, song by Gilbert O’Sullivan
“Oh Claire”, song by Cheap Trick
“Planet Claire”, song by B-52s
Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, a protagonist in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of novels.
“Clair de la lune” is a song by Claude Debussy
Claire- Wedding Crashers
The Meaning of the name Ruth
The meaning of the name Ruth is as follows: Compassionate, Friend, Companion
The Origin of the name Ruth
The origin of the name Ruth is believed to be: Hebrew
Your Numerology is: 4. Traditionalist – Determined, reliable, conservative, activist and organised
Origin of the name Ruth:
Of uncertain etymology, most believe Ruth to be derived from the Hebrew rūth, a possible contraction of rē’ūth (companion, friend). The name is borne in the Bible by a Moabite woman who was devoted to her mother-in-law. Her story is told in the Book of Ruth.
- Famous real-life people named Ruth: |
- Ruth Chatterton, actress
Ruth Roman, actress
Ruth Gordon, author and actress
Ruth Graham, writer and wife of evangelist Billy Graham
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, writer
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
Ruthie Henshall, actress, singer and dancer.
- Ruth in song, story & screen: |
- The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton, a Oprah Book Club pick
Ruth Jamison, beautiful gentle character in Fannie Flagg’s book (and later film) “Fried Green Tomatoes”.
In Arthur Ransome’s “Swallows and Amazons” series of books for young adults, a tough, clever, adventurous girl named Ruth hates her name and goes by Nancy instead – because Amazon pirates are supposed to be “ruthless.”Ruthy Camden, 7th Heaven
In Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Housekeeping’ (novel and film by Bill Forsyth starring Christine Lahti), Ruth (Ruthie) is the narrator and main character.
I like my name, I can’t imagine being called anything else.