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Gender: Male Origin of Clyde: Scottish river name Meaning of River: Nature name Clyde's Popularity in 2017: #707

The name Clyde is a boy's name of Scottish origin. Clyde is ranked #707 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Extended Family Congrats Round 1 (dice game)".

From the experts:

Even though in the past Clyde may have been identified as half of the infamous outlaw duo with partner Bonnie Parker—especially after the 1967 movie in which he was played by Warren Beatty—Clyde has always had an element of jazzy cool that could overcome all the rest.

The name relates to the River Clyde that runs through Glasgow, Scotland. It was a Top 100 name in the US through the 1930s, and has made a comeback in the last few years, reentering the Top 1000 in 2013.

Clyde Griffiths was the doomed protaganist of Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel An American Tragedy. In the field of sports, basketball Hall of Famer—and later Dancing With the Stars participant—Clyde Drexler was known as Clyde the Glide, and Walt Frazier's nickname was Clyde. Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney have a son named Clyde.

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Famous People Named Clyde

Clyde Chestnut Barrow, American 1930s bank robber with partner Bonnie Parker
Clyde Lensley McPhatter, American R&B singer
Clyde De Vinna, American film cinematographer
Clyde Austin "the Glide" Drexler, American basketball player
Edmond Darell "Clyde" Gates, American football player
Clyde Anderson Tolson, American FBI associate director and life partner of J. Edgar Hoover
Clyde Cecil Holloway, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana
Clyde Lucas, American bandleader
(Errol) Clyde Klotz, Canadian art director and ex-husband of Gillian Anderson
Clyde Austin Stubblefield, American drummer for singer James Brown
Clyde William Tombaugh, American astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930
Clyde Rathbone, Australian rugby union player
Clyde Lewis, Australian swimmer
Clyde Mulroney, son of actors Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener

Pop Culture References for the name Clyde

Clyde, one of the ghosts in the "Pac-Man" video game
Clyde McBride, a character on animated series "The Loud House"
Clyde Mardon aka Weather Wizard, character on TV's "The Flash"
Clyde Langer, character from "The Sarah Jane Adventures" TV show.
Clyde Donovan (formerly Clyde Goodman and Clyde Harris), character in "South Park"
Clyde Crashcup, character in animated series The Alvin Show
Clyde, orangutan in film "Every Which Way but Loose"
Clyde, character inspired by Clyde Barrow who led the Ant Hill Mob on animated series "Wacky Races"
Clyde, a character on animated series "Tom & Jerry Kids"
Clyde, character in computer games Clyde's Adventure and Clyde's Revenge
Clyde, a character in video game Arc Rise Fantasia
Clyde River, New South Wales, Australia

Clide, Clydell, Klyde


meggyweg Says:


I actually have a surprising affection for the name. It's simple, short, easy to spell and pronounce, and any little boy named Clyde will definitely be the only one in his day-care.

The novel "Cruddy" by Lynda Barry has a protagonist who was sometimes called Clyde, but this character was a girl. Her real name was Roberta.

headintheclouds Says:


Bonnie and Clyde! Clyde sounds very slick and suave and is just the ultimate British name to me. I also think this is the perfect name for a magician.

EchoWhiskey Says:


In fairness, Clyde the Slide might be even cooler.

summersnow Says:


All I think of is the South Park character. It's probably not an association for most people, since he's a minor character but I used to really love the show and really love Clyde so it's all I think of.

kurtwsommer Says:


Clyde Drexler was know as "Clyde the Glide" not "the Slide".

Whirligig Says:


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Whirligig Says:


This is going to resemble Clyde from the Commonwealth Games in my brain for quite a while now so I wouldn't be recommending it.

nameophile Says:


If you had to choose... would you go with Clyde River or Linden Oscar? Our last name started with a "A." I like both a lot and can't decide which suits us more. Thanks!