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Gender: M Origin of Clay: English word name; diminutive of Clayton Clay's Popularity in 2016: #731

Clay is a rich, earthy one-syllable name with a southern-inflected handsome-rogue image, featured on soap operas and reality TV. The numbers have dropped over the past few years, but it could make a comeback. Its longer forms are Clayton and Clayborne.

There have been TV characters called Clay on The Wire and Sons of Anarchy, 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.

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"
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"

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