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What does Clay mean?

Clay Pronunciation of Clay [clay] as a boys' name is of Old English origin. Occupational or place name involving clay; short form of Clayton. Clay that occurs naturally in the earth was a valued natural resource in earlier times. Boxer Muhammad Ali was named Cassius Clay after a 19th-century abolitionist, American statesman Henry Clay.

Associated with: old english, occupational, 19th century.


Clay has 1 variant: Klay.

Related boy name: Clayborne.

Creative forms:
(male) Celay, Clan, ..

(female) Clan, Clie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clay Gian (C.G.), ..

How popular is Clay?

Clay is a very prominent first name for males (#464 out of 1220, Top 38%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#677 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Clay reached its highest rank of #328 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #718 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clay name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clay outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Clayton (#248 from recent data) is the only other prominent alternative form of Clay (#718 from recent data). These relations of Clay were at the top of their popularity 2 decades ago (adoption of 0.2%) and are somewhat less popular today (adoption 0.1%, 42%), with the form Clay becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clay, Clayton in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Clay is pronounced similarly to Cleo and Cloy. Other recommended names are Bay, Bray, Cai, Cal, Calan, Caley, Cam, Cap, Cary, Caw, Cayo, Caz, Chad, Chai, Chan, Chany, Chap, Chas, Chayo, Chaz, Cian, Claas, Claes, Clair, Clancy, Claney, Clare, Clarey, Clark, Claro, Clarry, Claud, Claus, Clayre, Cleary, Clem, Cloyd, Cluny, Coby, Cody, Colan, Colas, Colby, Coley, Cory, Coty, Coy, Cram, Crayn, Croy, Cully, Cy, Czar, Day, Dray, Fay, Gay, Gray, Jay, Kay, Ray, Shay, Tay, Way and Wray. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clay.