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Gender: male/female
Pronunciation: kleyed, clide
Meaning: hardy and fair, the washer, warm, heard from afar
Related Names: Claude, Cledwyn, Clide, Clove, Clywd

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if male/female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: clyde Origin: Welsh,, Meaning (no case): hardy and fair, the washer, warm, heard from afar

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Cledwyn is a Scottish river, and Clyde is believed to be a derivative of that. Although unclear, some sources claim the name is from Welsh meaning “hardy” and “fair” from “caled” (hardy) and “gwyn” (white). Clyde may refer to a local pre-Roman goddess and represent the term “The Washer.” [1]


Social Security Administration - Empty rankings indicate the name was not among the 1000 most popular names for that year.

Year of Birth Rank
1998 925
1997 965
1996 959
1995 826
1994 875
1993 774
1992 732

Clyde in the United States in the 19th Century:

  • 1875: 161st most popular.
  • 1880: 72nd most popular.
  • 1881: 68th most popular.
  • 1882: 62nd most popular.
  • 1883: 50th most popular.
  • 1884: 56th most popular.
  • 1885: 57th most popular.
  • 1886: 62nd most popular.
  • 1887: 55th most popular.
  • 1888: 60th most popular.
  • 1889: 62nd most popular.
  • 1890: 64th most popular.
  • 1891: 59th most popular.
  • 1892: 56th most popular.
  • 1893: 55th most popular.
  • 1894: 56th most popular.
  • 1895: 59th most popular.
  • 1896: 58th most popular.
  • 1897: 58th most popular.
  • 1898: 58th most popular.
  • 1899: 58th most popular. [1]


  • Clyde Barrow, with Bonnie Parker, were a notorious team of outlaws commonly known in history and American culture as “Bonnie and Clyde.” Despite the romantic nature and iconic nature of their escapades, they were murderous amateurs who senselessly took lives and actually made very little money. They were shot by law enforcement officers on May 24, 1934 near Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
  • The popularity of Clyde could have originated from the antebellum South’s practice of giving slaves “place names” of Scottish origin. It is possible that given this habit, Clyde was particularly successful and popular enough to be picked up by the white population. The origin of this could have been given that many plantation owners were of Scottish descent.

Others argue that since Clyde was a rather rare British/American surname, this is unlikely. In the year 1858, the number of Clydes in the United States increased dramatically. Some believe this may be attributable to Colin Campbell (1792-1863), a British military officer and a hero of the 1857 Indian Mutiny. In that year he was raised to the peerage and dubbed Baron Clyde.[1][1][1]


  • Clyde, California
  • Clyde, Kansas
  • Clyde, Michigan
  • Clyde, New York
  • Clyde, North Carolina
  • Clyde, Ohio
  • Clyde, Texas
  • Clyde, Wisconsin
  • Clyde Township, Whiteside County, Illinois
  • Clyde Township, St. Clair County, Michigan
  • Clyde Township, Allegan County, Michigan



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Author: Mike_Szimanski


Facts about ClydeRDF feed
Gender male/female  +
Length 5  +
Meaning hardy and fair, the washer, warm, heard from afar  +
Meaningnc hardy and fair, the washer, warm, heard from afar  +
Name clyde  +
Origin Welsh  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation kleyed, clide  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Claude  +, Cledwyn  +, Clide  +, Clove  +, and Clywd  +
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