…has always been my favorite girl’s name. After so many years of dreaming of naming my first daughter Claire, I can still hardly believe she is here in my arms. Claire is the french form of the name ‘Clara’, a Greek name meaning “Clear or Bright”.
Claire was born on her great-grandfather Jake’s birthday, so we chose to give her a dutch middle name in honor of him. Anneliese is a combination of Anne, meaning “Grace” and Elise, meaning “The Lord is God”. We pronounce it Än-a-lēs’ (the “a” as in father, Anja, and Anneke, and the emphasis on the last syllable.)