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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Clem
To starve; to famish.

Etymology: Cf. clam to clog, or G. klemmen to pinch, Icel. klömbra, E. clamp

Wiktionary

Confer clam (“to clog”), or German klemmen (“to jam, clamp; to be stuck, adhere (to a surface)”), Icelandic klmbra, English clamp.

Possibly from clementine, a small round citrus fruit.

  1. (Geordie, vulgar, slang) A testicle.

    Notable Persons Named Clem

    Clem Burke is a punk rock, new wave music, hard rock, post-punk, garage rock, and pop rock musician. His ongoing career started in 1972. Clem was given the name Clement Bozewski on November 24th, 1955 in Bayonne, New Jersey, United States. Clem is also known as Clement Burke, Clem Burke, and Elvis Ramone.

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    Clem Clempson is a rock music, rhythm, blues, hard rock, and jazz fusion musician. He plays Guitar, Talk box, Bass guitar, Electronic keyboard, Drum kit, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, and Vocals. He was most active from 1966 to present. Clem was given the name David Clempson on September 5th, 1949 in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

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    Clem Curtis is a soul, r&b, pop, rhythm, and blues musician. He was most active from 1966 to present. Clem was born Clem Curtis on November 28th, 1940 in Trinidad.

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    Clem Cattini is a pop music drummer and session musician. He plays Drum kit and Percussion instrument. He was most prominent from 1958 to present. Clem was given the name Clemente Anselmo Arturo Cattini on August 28th, 1937 in Stoke Newington.

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    Clem Bevans was an actor. His career lasted from 1900 to 1962. Clem was born on October 16th, 1879 in Cozaddale, Ohio. He passed away on August 11th, 1963.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Clem

    Bubba the Love Sponge is a radio personality, producer, and actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1985. Bubba was given the name Todd Alan Clem on April 23rd, 1966 in Warsaw, Indiana.

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    John Lincoln Clem is a military person. His military service ended in 1864.

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    Mitch Andrew Clem is a cartoonist. Mitch was born on September 15th, 1982 in Minneapolis.

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    Brian was born in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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    Ralph was born on October 9th, 1943.

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    George was born in 1910.

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    How popular is the baby name Clem in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 22 0 22
    1881 18 0 18
    1882 34 0 34
    1883 31 0 31
    1884 32 0 32
    1885 34 0 34
    1886 25 0 25
    1887 32 0 32
    1888 29 0 29
    1889 46 5 41
    1890 31 6 25
    1891 22 0 22
    1892 39 0 39
    1893 28 0 28
    1894 24 0 24
    1895 33 5 28
    1896 32 5 27
    1897 28 0 28
    1898 24 0 24
    1899 22 0 22
    1900 28 0 28
    1901 17 0 17
    1902 25 0 25
    1903 18 0 18
    1904 17 0 17
    1905 32 5 27
    1906 12 0 12
    1907 25 0 25
    1908 24 0 24
    1909 28 0 28
    1910 23 0 23
    1911 28 5 23
    1912 66 0 66
    1913 51 0 51
    1914 84 0 84
    1915 97 5 92
    1916 92 0 92
    1917 109 7 102
    1918 94 0 94
    1919 92 0 92
    1920 100 0 100
    1921 71 0 71
    1922 103 5 98
    1923 78 0 78
    1924 97 0 97
    1925 89 0 89
    1926 84 6 78
    1927 92 0 92
    1928 71 0 71
    1929 71 0 71
    1930 70 0 70
    1931 49 0 49
    1932 60 0 60
    1933 65 0 65
    1934 66 0 66
    1935 49 0 49
    1936 50 0 50
    1937 48 0 48
    1938 49 0 49
    1939 45 0 45
    1940 44 0 44
    1941 47 0 47
    1942 47 0 47
    1943 49 0 49
    1944 53 0 53
    1945 44 0 44
    1946 63 0 63
    1947 55 0 55
    1948 46 0 46
    1949 51 0 51
    1950 37 0 37
    1951 35 0 35
    1952 27 0 27
    1953 46 0 46
    1954 34 0 34
    1955 30 0 30
    1956 37 0 37
    1957 45 0 45
    1958 35 0 35
    1959 29 0 29
    1960 43 0 43
    1961 31 0 31
    1962 16 0 16
    1963 25 0 25
    1964 35 0 35
    1965 21 0 21
    1966 17 0 17
    1967 19 0 19
    1968 14 0 14
    1969 23 0 23
    1970 15 0 15
    1971 14 0 14
    1972 13 0 13
    1973 5 0 5
    1974 12 0 12
    1975 12 0 12
    1976 9 0 9
    1977 10 0 10
    1978 11 0 11
    1979 10 0 10
    1980 8 0 8
    1981 13 0 13
    1982 9 0 9
    1983 12 0 12
    1984 10 0 10
    1985 12 0 12
    1987 8 0 8
    1988 9 0 9
    1989 6 0 6
    1990 6 0 6
    1991 9 0 9
    1992 5 0 5
    1993 5 0 5
    1994 7 0 7
    2000 5 0 5
    2001 7 0 7
    2006 6 0 6
    2008 7 0 7
    2012 6 0 6
    2015 5 0 5
    2017 9 0 9

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    Popularity of Clem as a first name

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    Common last names for Clem

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Williams
    • Jones
    • Brown
    • Davis
    • Wilson
    • Martin
    • Harris
    • Lewis
    • Moore
    • Robinson
    • Collins
    • White

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Clem U.S.
      White 93.91% 64.26%
      African American 1.47% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.43% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.86% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.55% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.78% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Clem

    People with the last name Clem are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Clem

    • How Popular is the name Clem? Clem is the 4,132nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Clem was the 4,384th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Clem have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,328 babies born with the first name Clem in the United States. That's more than enough people named Clem to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Clem? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 22 new born babies.
    • When was Clem first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Clem is Tuesday, December 13th, 1864.
    • What year had the most people named Clem born? The highest recorded use of the first name Clem was in 1917 with a total of 102 babies.
    • Random Clem Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clem is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1912.
    • Weird things about the name Clem: Your name in reverse order is Melc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Celm. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Clem? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,107 people with the last name Clem.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Clem? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Clem as their last name.

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