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Updated May 24, 2023

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Born of the earth
  • German : Adhere

What does Clayton mean and stand for?

The name Clayton is of Old English origin and means "born of the Earth." It is from a surname derived from English place names meaning "clay settlement."

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How Popular Is The Name Clayton

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from any of the numerous places, in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, and elsewhere, named Clayton, from Old English clǣg ‘clay’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

What Does the Name Clayton Mean?

The name Clayton is of English origin and means "place with good clay." It can be a gender-neutral name that still has a traditional feel to it.

How Popular is the Name Clayton?

Clayton is the number 278 most popular boys name in the US, according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It has slowly but surely been falling in popularity.

However, it is the 13th most popular name on

Popularity of the Name Clayton in the United States

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Clayton was at its peak popularity in March 2022.

Clayton was searched for most often in the following states:

  1. North Carolina
  2. Georgia
  3. Missouri
  4. Delaware
  5. Tennessee

Famous People Named Clayton and Clayton in Pop Culture

Clayton, though it has fallen from popularity a bit, is still traditional enough to have quite a few notable namesakes: singer Clayton Aiken, actor Clayton Moore, journalist Clayton Morris, and actor Clayton Watson. The name has also appeared in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Tarzan, and Shameless.

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