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Gender: male
Pronunciation: klay
Meaning: clay, claypit worker
Related Names: Cal, Caley, Clai, Clayborne, Clayton, Cley, Cleye, Cloy, Klay

Length: 4 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 525


Name: clay Origin: Old English,, Meaning (no case): clay, claypit worker



The name has its roots many hundreds of years ago in England. After the Norman Conquest in 1066, the use of surnames became more common.[1] The universal belief is that Clay was assigned as a surname to people who either worked in clay pits or performed other labor associated with the type of soil, or those who lived in an area with clay earth. As time went on, it became a popular given name in English-speaking countries. [1] .


The name Clay has always been on the U.S. Social Security Administration’s 1,000 most popular male names list. It reached its peak at the 261st position in 1961. The longer version of the name, Clayton, has also been on the 1,000 most popular list consistently since 1880 and hit the height of popularity at the 146th spot in 1988. [1] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the given name Clay ranks 464, with a 0.021% frequency. As a last name, it is slightly less common and holds the rank of 512. Clayton ranks 468 as a surname and 253 as a male first name. [1]


  • Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky with the name Cassius Marcellus Clay. The champion heavyweight boxer announced in 1964 that he had become a follower of the Islamic faith and had changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Since retiring from the ring, Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's syndrome, has been doing much philanthropic work. [1]
  • Clay County can be found in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Texas and many other states across the United States. Most of the counties were named after Henry Clay, who represented the state of Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in the 18th century. Surprisingly, Clay County, Kentucky was not named after Henry Clay. The inspiration for that Clay County’s name was Henry Clay’s cousin, General Green Clay, a legislator and War of 1812 veteran. [1]
  • Clay animation is a process which uses clay or similar, malleable material to form characters and scenery for film or video recording. Individual shots are taken in sequence of specific scenes in a stop-motion fashion. The clay is moved and molded each time. When the final product is shown, everything from chickens to trees can appear to dance and do all sorts of things. [1]


  • Jars of Clay is a four-man, Christian rock band based in Tennessee. The band has won Grammy Awards for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 1997, 2000 and 2002. [1]
  • Inspector Dan Clay was one of the leading characters in the 1959 cult movie, Plan 9 From Outer Space. While the intent of the Ed Wood-directed film was to be scary, the results were laughable, as this film was full of overacting, unbelievable scenarios, bad props… and more. It has been called the best of the worst, probably because it was so good at being bad. [1]


  • Clay Aiken is an American singer who became a pop star after being the runner-up on the Fox TV reality show American Idol. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 30, 1978 with the name Clayton Holmes Grissom, he later dropped his father’s surname and took his mother’s maiden name. This Is the Night was a best-selling single in 2003, and his albums have been big hits. [1]
  • Clay Bennett is an American editorial cartoonist at The Christian Science Monitor who was born on January 20, 1958 in Clinton, South Carolina. He has won numerous awards including the 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Cartoons and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. [1]
  • Clay Buchholz is an American baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox organization. He was born on August 14,1984 in Nederland, Texas and made his major league debut with a win and a place in the Red Sox record book as one of the youngest starters to win his first major league game. In his second start, he pitched a no-hitter, only the 17th in the team’s more than 100-year history. [1]
  • Clay Cole is one of the big names from the 1960s rock and roll scene. The Clay Cole Show (1959-1968), originating in New York City, was a trendsetter, with Cole hosting the on-air dance party/variety show that had a little bit of everything - new stars, new releases, gossip, comedy and lots more. Cole was born on January 1, 1938 with the name Albert Rucker, Jr. He claims he got his adopted name from a distant relative. [1]
  • Lucius Clay was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received many honors and awards, including a Distinguished Service Medal and a Bronze Star for his heroic efforts during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. He is probably best remembered for his valiant service post-war, when he took charge during the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949. [1]
  • Clayton Moore was an American actor with a handsome face that was usually hidden by a mask. The star of the 1950s TV hit, The Lone Ranger, was born on September 14, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois with the name Jack Carlton Moore. Moore made 2 movies based on the same character and spent many post-production years making personal appearances as the masked character. [1]
  • Henry Clay was a lawyer and an American statesman who served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Although he was born in Virginia on April 12, 1777, he spent much of his life in Kentucky. Clay held various prestigious positions including Speaker of the House and Secretary of State. [1]



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Author:Pearl Salkin

Facts about ClayRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 4  +
Meaning clay, claypit worker  +
Meaningnc clay, claypit worker  +
Name clay  +
Origin Old English  +
Popularity 3  +
Pronunciation klay  +
Rank in 2000s 525  +
Related Cal  +, Caley  +, Clai  +, Clayborne  +, Clayton  +, Cley  +, Cleye  +, Cloy  +, and Klay  +
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