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What does Barclay mean?

Barclay Pronunciation of Barclay [bar-clay] as a boys' name is pronounced BAR-klay. It is of Scottish and Old English origin, and the meaning of Barclay is "birch tree meadow". Place name for Berkeley in Gloucestershire, and transferred use of the the Scottish surname, which was taken to Scotland in the 12th century by Walter de Berchelai, who became chamberlain of Scotland in 1165. His descendants became one of the most powerful families in Scotland. This form is most popular in Scotland; Berkeley is more common elsewhere. Barclays is the name of one of the biggest banks in Britain. Basketball player Charles Barkley.

Associated with: scottish, old english, tree, meadow, surname, powerful, popular (famous), britain (england).


Barclay has 13 variants: Bar, Barcley, Barklay, Barkley, Barklie, Barrclay, Bartley, Berk, Berkeley, Berkie, Berkley, Berklie and Berky.

Affiliated boy name: Barker.

1 more relation via Barkley, Berkeley: Birkley.

Creative forms:
(male) Braclay, Bryclay, ..

(female) Barbay, Barley, ..

Middle name pairings:
Barclay Jaycob (B.J.), ..

How popular is Barclay?

Barclay is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2965 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Berkley and Bartley are the popular variation forms of Barclay (not in Top 2000). Adoption of these relations of Barclay was widespread during 1910-1919 (median #1641). (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bartley, Berkley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Barclay and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Barclay is alike in pronunciation to Birkley. Other suggested similar names are Bailby (see Balbo), Bailey, Baily, Bala, Baley, Barak, Baram, Barbar, Barlow, Barna, Barnaby, Barney, Barnham (see Barnum), Barny, Barra, Barrak, Barrat, Barrey, Barrlow (see Barlow), Barry, Bartalan, Bartle, Bartlet, Bartram, Baxley, Baxly, Bayley, Bayly, Birley, Birly, Bray, Briley, Brily (see Briley), Bryley (see Briley), Bryly (see Briley), Burley, Byrley, Fairlay, Farlay, Jaray, Laray and Maccray. These names tend to be more commonly used than Barclay.