Infographic of Clay name meaning, which is “The earth,” as the material of which the human body is made. From the Middle English claye.
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Clay Name Popularity

How popular is the name Clay? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 484 10 0.0028%
1911 397 21 0.0056%
1912 450 38 0.0075%
1913 479 45 0.0079%
1914 478 66 0.0095%
1915 474 95 0.0105%
1916 487 99 0.0102%
1917 555 76 0.0076%
1918 492 108 0.0101%
1919 528 93 0.0089%
1920 495 114 0.0103%
1921 510 112 0.0098%
1922 442 152 0.0136%
1923 544 96 0.0086%
1924 510 113 0.0097%
1925 484 118 0.0104%
1926 535 93 0.0085%
1927 480 123 0.0111%
1928 533 93 0.0087%
1929 606 65 0.0063%
1930 520 92 0.0088%
1931 560 74 0.0075%
1932 518 87 0.0088%
1933 550 75 0.0081%
1934 548 79 0.0082%
1935 593 61 0.0063%
1936 532 77 0.008%
1937 552 73 0.0074%
1938 557 74 0.0072%
1939 536 77 0.0076%
1940 536 80 0.0075%
1941 589 65 0.0058%
1942 569 78 0.0062%
1943 546 90 0.0069%
1944 616 61 0.0049%
1945 705 39 0.0032%
1946 691 50 0.0034%
1947 569 103 0.0062%
1948 512 124 0.0078%
1949 514 125 0.0078%
1950 540 115 0.0071%
1951 456 180 0.0106%
1952 460 194 0.0111%
1953 441 216 0.0122%
1954 399 283 0.0155%
1955 347 394 0.0214%
1956 337 445 0.0236%
1957 312 565 0.0294%
1958 283 702 0.0371%
1959 273 810 0.0426%
1960 262 884 0.0467%
1961 259 892 0.0472%
1962 286 685 0.0373%
1963 299 637 0.0355%
1964 326 540 0.0307%
1965 361 412 0.0252%
1966 400 321 0.0206%
1967 396 326 0.0215%
1968 393 351 0.0234%
1969 378 388 0.0252%
1970 382 408 0.0256%
1971 348 484 0.0322%
1972 376 399 0.0293%
1973 353 438 0.0338%
1974 368 388 0.0299%
1975 361 419 0.0326%
1976 366 403 0.0313%
1977 378 388 0.0288%
1978 407 321 0.0239%
1979 441 293 0.0208%
1980 434 317 0.0217%
1981 465 280 0.019%
1982 451 315 0.0211%
1983 424 330 0.0224%
1984 427 340 0.0229%
1985 415 376 0.0248%
1986 426 366 0.0242%
1987 397 436 0.0286%
1988 409 447 0.0287%
1989 444 412 0.0255%
1990 450 442 0.0267%
1991 466 407 0.025%
1992 483 388 0.0243%
1993 440 459 0.0294%
1994 349 665 0.0433%
1995 338 688 0.0456%
1996 366 620 0.0414%
1997 372 622 0.0421%
1998 390 598 0.04%
1999 399 576 0.0385%
2000 389 619 0.0405%
2001 425 535 0.0355%
2002 415 571 0.0381%
2003 477 485 0.0319%
2004 567 356 0.0234%
2005 637 294 0.0192%
2006 711 257 0.0164%
2007 767 235 0.0149%
2008 848 200 0.0129%
2009 979 143 0.0096%
2010 799 216 0.015%
2011 705 274 0.0192%
2012 709 275 0.0193%
2013 724 266 0.0187%
2014 797 227 0.0156%
2015 690 307 0.0211%
2016 712 287 0.0199%
2017 674 306 0.0219%
2018 662 313 0.0228%
2019 645 338 0.025%
2020 652 355 0.0279%

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What names are variants of Clay?

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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Klay

English


What names sound like Clay?

If you like how Clay sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Clay.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cal

A diminutive form of Calvin.

English

Caley

Lean, slight

Irish

Cleo

Vision of glory; illustrious; called forth, invoked

Greek

Cloy

French

Coley

Swarthy, coal-black, charcoal

French

Cully

The woods; dove

Irish


What names are similar to Clay?

Find a name that’s like Clay, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Clayborne

Brook near a clay-bed; border near a clay-bed

English


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1 Comment

  1. Clay Garfield is our 4th, We wanted something that was cool, but not crazy. We also wanted something that went with our other kids’ names, Crew Saint, Kenji Ray, and Wade Anthony. My husband picked out Kenji’s and Wade’s names. He also suggested Clayton, Although we both agreed that would sound out of place in our name Line up (all of the kids have 4 or 5 letter names) but the name Clay stuck with me. We thought his name was Archie up to the day he was born. He had red hair (All of our other kids had brown or blond) and we didn’t want people to think of Archie Comics. The name Clay popped back into my head and His dad thought it was still really cool. My Dad joked that he was like Garfield when he was falling asleep (Half closed eyes and red hair), and we thought it was a fun middle name.


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