What does Clay mean?
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.
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)
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.
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.