Baby Names: Names Starting with C


CLAIBORNE: Old English for "born of the earth." A group of names with a nice patrician ring. Relatives: Clayborne, Claybourne, Claibourne, Clayton, Clay. Namesakes: Claiborne Pell, Henry Clay, Craig Claiborne, Liz Claiborne.

CLAIRE: Latin for "bright, shining." A terrific name. Relatives: Clare, Clara, Clarice, Clarissa, Clarisse, Clarrie. Namesakes: Clara Barton, Clare Boothe Luce, "Clair de Lune."

CLANCY: Irish for "offspring of red-headed soldier." A "faith and begorrah" kind of name. Relatives: Clancey, Clan. Namesakes: John Clancy, Tom Clancy.

CLARENCE: From the Latin for "clear, bright." A favorite from "Leave It to Beaver." Relatives: Claron, Clarendon. Namesakes: Clarence Darrow, Clarence Birdseye.

CLARK: Old English for "cleric." A solid choice; unlikely to offend anyone. Relative: Clarke, Clarkson. Namesakes: Clark Gable, Ramsey Clark, Clarkson Potter, "Clark Kent."

CLAUDE: Latin for "lame." A name that is much more popular in France than in the United States. Relatives: Claud, Claudius, Claudell, Claudia, Claudette, Claudio. Namesakes: Claude Monet, Jean-Claude Killy, Claude Debussy, Claudell Washington, I, Claudius

CLAY: From the German for "adhere." A good name for a child you intend to mold into your own image. Relatives: Clayborne, Clayton. Namesakes: Clay Felker, Adam Clayton Powell, Henry Clay.

CLEMENT: Latin for "merciful." Classy and not often used. Relatives: Clements, Clemens, Clemmons, Clemon, Clem, Clementine, Clementyne. Namesakes: Clement Moore, Roberto Clemente

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