Gender: Male Origin of Clyde: Scottish river name Meaning of River: Nature name Clyde's Popularity in 2019: #777

Clyde Origin and Meaning

The name Clyde is a boy's name of Scottish origin.

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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Rank in US: #777

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Pop Culture References for the name Clyde

Clide, Clydell, Klyde


fearlessfirefly Says:


Linden Oscar. Clyde is a river...

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:


Linden Oscar

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!