Clay

An English word name, this is exactly what it sounds like (although it can also be a diminutive of Clayton). And your little Clay will no doubt want to play with his squishy namesake as often as possible - which is great for his creativity, as long as he doesn't squish it into the carpet.

Nicknames:

Clay itself is often a nickname for Clayton. If you name your kid Clay by itself, well, that's nickname-y enough.

Famous people named Clay:

Singers Clay Aiken, Clay Cook, and Clay Walker; football players Clay Matthews II (and III); baseball players Clay Buchholz and Clay Hensley; actors Clay Greenbush and Clay Clement.

Fun fact:

The word (and name) Clay comes from the Germanic root "glei" which means "to stick together."

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