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Etymology & Historical Origin - Clay
Clay started out as an English surname with Anglo-Saxon origins derived from a topographical feature or an occupation. The Olde English “clæg” was a word used to describe “sticky earth” (clay) and comes from the Germanic root “glei” meaning “to stick together” (similar to the Latin “gluten” meaning “glue”). As a naturally occurring substance, clay is a useful material for making ceramics, bricks, cement, etc. Therefore Clay may have developed as a job-related surname to signify a person who worked with clay. The surname first appeared in writing in the late 12th century rendered as “de Clai”. Clay has been in use as a forename since at least the 19th century and is sometimes used as a short form of Clayton.
Popularity of the Name Clay
Clay was a name used with light moderation in the late 1800s up through the 1940s. The height of his popularity came during the late 50s and early 60s when he was a Top 300 name in the country. By no means is this an indicator of frequent usage but still Clay has managed to “stick” to the charts uninterruptedly for well over 130 years. It really wasn’t until this new 21st century that American parents started rejecting this name on a larger scale. In fact, Clay came dangerously close to dropping off the Top 1000 list in 2009 when he got as low as position #947 on the charts. What reversed his direction in the past couple of years was not American Idol star Clay Aiken, but rather a character from the television drama “Sons of Anarchy” named Clay Morrow. Hey, if a founding member of an outlaw motorcycle gang can’t help restore Clay’s popularity a little, who else can we count on? Clay still has some stickiness left in him!
Popularity of the Boy Name Clay
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Clay
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Clay
Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher) Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face. Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over. It's an unrelenting modern classic.
Popular Songs on Clay
Alabama Clay - a song by Garth Brooks
Clay - a song by Echo & The Bunnymen
Dreams of Clay - a song by Dwight Yoakam
Children's Books on the Baby Name Clay
Clay - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Clay.
Famous People Named Clay
Famous People Named Clay - Clay Aiken (singer); Clay Regazzoni (Swiss race car driver); Clay Walker (country musician); Clay Buchholz (baseball player); Clay Hensley (baseball player); Clay S. Jenkinson (scholar)
Children of Famous People Named Clay
Famous People Who Named Their Son Clay - Annie Potts (actress)
Clay - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Clay - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Clay.
Personality of the Boy Name Clay
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Clay