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What is the story behind your given name? May 7, 2011

Filed under: Life,Post a Day 2011 — Claire @ 9:47 pm
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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.


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2 Responses to “What is the story behind your given name?”

  1. Indigo Jo Says:

    My first name is Matthew, and I don’t really know where they got the name from as it’s not one with a family history (unlike Joseph; my grandad and maternal uncle both have that as their middle name). At the time, they said it was not that common so they wanted something distinctive (particularly as Smith isn’t particularly so), but when I got to school it turned out that lots of parents in the late 1970s had the same idea. My sister’s name’s Hannah, and so she’s the only person without an M name in our family.

    I’m not sure if they could tell back in those days if a baby was going to be a boy or a girl, but they had two names down for both of us just in case. Mine was Sarah and my sister’s was Ben. (No history there, either, but there are plenty of Sarahs around now.) I always think that those personalities come out when we’re behind the wheel, because I’m one of the most careful drivers around and my sister always used to like tearing down the road, before she had her baby anyway.

    My niece was born last year and they called her Eleanor Georgina Mary — those names all have recent family histories.

    • Claire Says:

      That’s really interesting. Could you imagine being called anything else? That’s a beautiful name for your niece, quite traditional; but really pretty.


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