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What does Clay mean?

Clay Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Clayborne.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, occupational, 19th century





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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 #687 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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?

Clayton (#253 FROM RECENT DATA) and Klay (#1743) are the prominent alternative forms of Clay (#687). 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%, 36%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clay, Clayton, Klay 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 sound-alike 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.