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Gender: Male Meaning of Clifford: "lives near the ford by the cliff" Origin of Clifford: English

The name Clifford is a boy's name of English origin meaning "lives near the ford by the cliff". Clifford and is often added to lists like English Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "New: Movie Title Family Name Game!".

From the experts:

Clifford is beginning to overcome a slightly stodgy intellectual image and showing signs of possible revival. Kids might or might not like the association with the big red dog. In England, the Clifford family was a powerful family in the Middle Ages. In this country, it was well used for most of the twentieth century, peaking at Number 57 in 1909, but a Top 100 name through 1950. Most prominent American bearers: playwright Clifford Odets and jazz trumpet great Clifford Brown.

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Famous People Named Clifford

Clifford Joseph Harris, aka "T.I.," American rapper
Clifford Berry, American inventor
Clifford Irving, American Author
Clifford Smith, American rapper
Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton, former bass guitarist for Metallica
Clifford Shull, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Clifford Tobin "Cliff" DeYoung, American actor and musician
Clifford Olin, son of American actors Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig
Michael Gordon Clifford, member of band "5 Seconds of Summer"

Pop Culture References for the name Clifford

Clifford the Big Red Dog, children's book and TV character
Clifford Montgomery, character on Canadian parody soap "Le coeur a ses raisons"
Clifford "Cliff" Clavin, character on TV's "Cheers'

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