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Gender: Male Pronunciation: CLEE-tuhs Meaning of Cletus: "called forth" Origin of Cletus: Greek

The name Cletus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "called forth". Cletus and is often added to lists like Ancient Roman Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Sometimes used as a short-form of Catholic Pope name Anacletus, Cletus is an ancient name that has not-yet found the popularity of Theodore, Leo, Atticus and Max. It perhaps suffers from its association to the yokel character in The Simpsons , but we think it's time for a reconsideration, given how well it fits into several current trends. Nickname Clete is cute as a button!

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Pop Culture References for the name Cletus

Cleatus, Clete, Cletis

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kathleen12345 Says:


I really like this name. I wish the anatomical association wasn't there

Starelli Says:


Simpsons, anyone?

Carolinekalmes Says:


Agree a bit with the anatomical description

Myanover Says:


Cletus is NOT a very popular name, but it is still kind of cute.😁

liav410 Says:


Hillbilly is what comes to mind. Cletus the fetus was called forth and got a new name hopefully.