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Gender: M Origin of Clyde: Scottish river name Meaning of River: Nature name Clyde's Popularity in 2015: #804

Even though in the past Clyde may have been identified as half of the infamous outlaw duo with partner Bonnie Parker--especially after the 1967 movie in which he was played by Warren Beatty-- Clyde has always had an element of jazzy cool that could overcome all the rest. The name relates to the River Clyde that runs through the city of Glasgow. It was a Top 100 name in the US through the 1930s, and has made a comeback in the last few years.

Clyde Griffiths was the doomed protaganist of Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy--though his name was changed to George in the film. In the field of sports, basketball Hall of Famer--and later "Dancing With the Stars" participant-- Clyde Drexler was known as Clyde the Glide, and Walt Frazier's nickname was Clyde. Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney have a son named Clyde.

Famous People Named Clyde

Clyde Barrow, American outlaw during the 1930s
Clyde De Vinna, American film cinematographer
Clyde Drexler, American basketball player, known as Clyde the Glide
Clyde Gates, American football player
(Errol) Clyde Klotz, Canadian art director and ex-husband of Gillian Anderson
Clyde Tombaugh, the American astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930
Clyde Mulroney, son of actors Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener

Pop Culture References for the name Clyde

Clyde, one of the ghosts in the "Pac-Man" video game
"Bonnie & Clyde," movie about infamous outlaw duo Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
Clyde McBride, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "The Loud House"

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