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Clare - Is it / was it a man's given name in the USA?

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Clare - Is it / was it a man's given name in the USA?

Posted: 27 Sep 2011 1:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Sep 2011 1:09AM GMT

A simple question - can Clare be a man's given name in the USA?

I'm trying to trace Clara/Clare S Noble, born 1870. While I can find references to Clara/Clare's birth, they say she is a female. But later on she seems to become a male.

I've wondered if Clare is an abbreviation for Clarence; or if Clare is another way of spelling Claire; or if she was 'assigned' as a female at birth but later decided to be the male that he felt he was; or indeed whether she was a lesbian who decided that the only way to get through life was to describe herself as a male on census returns.

There are lots of possibilities, and I don;t expect that anything will get resolved. But any thoughts would be appreciated.

If I've made some errors in my thinking around the gender/sexuality issues and have offended anybody who reads this then please accept my apologies.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
GeoffCarr 27 Sep 2011 7:23AM GMT 
BarbaraMunson... 28 Sep 2011 12:34AM GMT 
GeoffCarr 28 Sep 2011 7:08AM GMT 
LHSwisher 1 Oct 2011 2:56AM GMT 
GeoffCarr 1 Oct 2011 2:53PM GMT 
Beltwayman2 24 Oct 2011 12:53PM GMT 
GeoffCarr 24 Oct 2011 9:50PM GMT 
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