Gender: Female Pronunciation: CLAY-uh Origin of Clea: Literary name

Clea Origin and Meaning

The name Clea is a girl's name .

An attractive and unusual name that may be a variation of Cleo, Clea was possibly invented by Lawrence Durrell for a character in his Alexandria Quartet.

Actress Clea DuVall is one noted bearer of the name, another is Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's youngest daughter, who was named Claire Olivia, but always called Clea.

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Pop Culture References for the name Clea

Claea, Klea


Pippa09 Says:


I definitely thought this name was pronounced 'cle-a' like Cleo with an 'a'. Which I actually think sounds lovely. I don't mind clay-a.

Shaybaby1 Says:


Clay-uh, huh? Definitely was pronouncing it CLEE-uh. Pretty either way, but that spelling is tricky..

headintheclouds Says:


Clea is a really pretty name! Short and sweet but feminine and as PP said, vintage with a modern twist. From the description in the name info, I love that Paul Newman and his wife got to the nickname Clea from their daughter's full name Claire Olivia- two beautiful names combined to a nice unexpected nickname.

winnie Says:


forever pronouncing it klee- ah

heather75402 Says:


Definitely putting this name on my list! Soo pretty :)

lillian85 Says:


There is something nice about this name. It has a vintage feel with a modern twist

Blair Says:


My favorite name!!