What does Cletus mean?
Cletus \c-le-tus\ as a boys' name is pronounced KLEE-tus, KLAY-tus. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cletus is "glory". From Kleitos, the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals. The name is probably related to Kleio (see Clio). Also used as a short form of Anacletus. Saint Cletus (first century) was elected Pope in AD 76.
Cletus has 1 feminine form: Cleta.
Cletus is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1018 out of 1220, Top 83%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Cletus for boys. Cletus was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its highest rank of #470 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Cletus and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Cletus are Cleo and Cleon. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.4463%) and has become much lower since, with the versions Cleo and Cletus becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Cetus. This name tends to be less frequently used than Cletus.