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Clay meaning and name origin
Clay \c-lay\ as a boy's 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. Boxing champion Muhammad Ali was named Cassius Clay after a 19th-century abolitionist, American statesman Henry Clay.
Clay has 1 variant form: Klay.
For more information, see also the related name Clayborne.
Baby names that sound like Clay are Cloy, Caley, Cal, Cleo, Coley and Cully.
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Popularity of Clay
Clay is a very popular first name for men (#464 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#512 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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