[ 2 syll. clay-ton, cl-ayt-on ] The baby boy name Clayton is pronounced as KLEY-TahN †. Clayton is an English name of Old English origin. The name means clay settlement. It is from the words 'claeg' meaning clay ; 'tun' town, settlement, homestead. The first name is derived from the surname and nickname, which was originally given to someone who lived in a settlement of clay ground, or else in various places in England so called. The first name has been used since the early 19th century, and chiefly in the USA.
Clayton has 16 variant forms. Variant forms of Clayton include Claiton, Claytan, Clayten, Claytin, Claytun, Claytyn, Cleighton, Cleytan, Cleyten, Cleytin, Cleyton, Cleytun, Cleytyn, Clyton, and Klayton. The short form Clay is another English variant.
Clayton is a classic favorite. At present it is still popular as a baby boy name, but not as much as it was before. The name rose in popularity from the 1940s up to the 2000s. At the peak of its usage in 2000, 0.123% of baby boys were given the name Clayton. It had a ranking of #151 then. The baby name has fallen in popularity since then. In 2018, its usage was 0.075% and its ranking #253, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its family. In 2018, Clayton was 4 times more commonly used than the next ranked name, Clay.
Baby names that sound like Clayton include Caulton, Claydon, Claytin, Claytyn, Cledwyn, Cleytan, Cleytin, Cleytyn, Colden, Colten, Coltin, Colton, Coltyn, Keldon, Kelltin, Kelltyn, Keltan, Keltin, Kelton, and Keltyn.
† Pronunciation for Clayton: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Clayton is Talent Show Contestant Clay Aiken, born Clayton Holmes Grissom 30 November 1978, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.