From a Middle English occupational name for a clay worker, or a habitational name, from Old English clǣġ (“clay”).
Clay (countable and uncountable, plural Clays)
- A surname originating as an occupation.
- A male given name transferred from the surname.
1968, Patrick White, “Clay”, in The Burnt Ones, Penguin Books, page 114:
When he was about five years old some kids asked Clay why his mother had called him that. And he did not know. But began to wonder.
- A diminutive of the male given name Clayton.
- A census-designated place in Sacramento County, California, United States.
- A town, the county seat of Clay County, West Virginia, United States.
- A number of townships in the United States, listed under Clay Township.
- Ellipsis of Clay County.