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Gender: Male Origin of Clay: English word name; diminutive of Clayton Meaning of Clayton: English, "place with good clay" Clay's Popularity in 2017: #697

The name Clay is a boy's name of English origin. Clay is ranked #697 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Clay

Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken, American pop singer, TV personality, and politician
(William) Clay Matthews Jr. and III, American NFL football players
Ernest Clayton "Clay" Walker, American country music singer
Clay Daniel Buchholz, American baseball player
Douglas "Clay" Cook, American country musician of the Zac Brown Band
Clayton Allen "Clay" Hensley, American baseball player
Gianclaudio Giuseppe "Clay" Regazzoni, Swiss racing driver
Clay Greenbush, American actor
Clay Honeycutt, contestant on "Big Brother" season 17
Clay Hart, American singer/guitarist from "The Lawrence Welk Show"
Clay Clement (born Claudius Geiger), American stage, film, and TV actor

Pop Culture References for the name Clay

Clayton "Clay" Evans, character on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Clay Bailey, character in animated series "Xiaolin Showdown"
Clay Morrow, character on TV's "Sons of Anarchy"
Caduceus Clay - character in Critical Role
Clay Simons, character in video game "Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned"
Clay Jensen, main character in "13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
Clay, main character in Bret Easton Ellis' "Less Than Zero"
Clay Clemmens, character on TV's "The New Normal"
Clay, Gym Leader in the Pokemon video games
Clay, character in anime "Soul Eater Not!'
Clay Terran, character in video game series "Ace Attorney"
Clay Puffington, main character in animated series "Moral Orel"
Clay Haas, character in TV's "Quantico"
Clay Kaczmarek, character in video game series "Assassin's Creed"

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-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!