Meaning and Name Origin
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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cletus and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Cletus ranked in the Top 1000 are Cleo and Cleon. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1920-1929 and has become much lower since, with the versions Cleo and Cletus becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Cetus. This name tends to be less frequently used than Cletus.