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Gender: Male Meaning of Barclay: "where birches grow" Origin of Barclay: English and Scottish

The name Barclay is a boy's name of English origin meaning "where birches grow". Barclay and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

From the experts:

Americans may not realize Barclay is the phonetic spelling of the British Berkeley -- though both sound like old-fashioned butler names.

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Famous People Named Barclay

Barclay Beales, English singer of group Stereo Kicks ("The X-Factor")
Barclay Hope, Canadian actor
Samuel Barclay Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright
William Barclay "Bat" Masterson, American Western figure
Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, Russian field marshal in the Napoleonic Wars

Pop Culture References for the name Barclay

Andy Barclay, main character in the Child's Play horror movie series
Reginald Barclay, character on TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Voyager"
Barclay's, British bank
Barclay's Premier League, British soccer league sponsored by Barclay's Bank

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lawsonhaley Says:


I love the name Barclay, thanks to the contestant on X Factor who appeared both last year and this year. Although, I'd like to point out that it's in no way the 'phonetic' spelling of Berkeley, as both are pronounced differently with the first syllable.