Gender: Male Origin of Clay: English word name; diminutive of Clayton Meaning of Clayton: English, "place with good clay" Clay's Popularity in 2019: #681

Clay Origin and Meaning

The name Clay is a boy's name of English origin.

Clay is a rich, earthy one-syllable name with a southern-inflected handsome-rogue image, featured on soap operas and reality TV. Its longer forms are Clayton and Clayborne.

There have been TV characters called Clay on The Wire, Sons of Anarchy, and 13 Reasons Why, and the name's most prominent recent bearers are American Idol Clay (born Clayton) Aiken and Green Bay Packer linebacker Clay (born William Clay) Matthews.

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Rank in US: #681

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Pop Culture References for the name Clay

Klay, Klee


fearlessfirefly Says:


Yes, all I can think of is clay.

-EagleEyes- Says:


This was going to be my brother's middle name, William Clay, but then my parents went with a family name instead. Since they didn't use it, I might.

In Progress Says:


I love this name. It sounds strong and masculine. Does it remind anyone too much of clay, as in pottery?

snowsbeloved Says:


I used to be crazy about this name. But my last name is a single syllable word name too so Clay is out.

Bobcat108 Says:


My daughter's prom date last year was a Clayton. His younger brother is Spencer. There are two older brothers w/cool names as well...those parents were ahead of their time!