Claire is the name of my paternal grandfather's first wife: Goad is my maternal grandmother's last name. For another site, I wanted a name that sounded real.
So the combination pays tribute to my family's scandalous past, and reminds me that I am a unique combination of the two families. The name represents the road not taken--the first wife- who didn't have children.
(ah, the scandal... my 23 year old grandmother drove a woman to the train station... That woman was Claire, who divorced my grandfather, who then married my grandmother... almost 8 years later. Shocking..)