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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 Boy Names That Mean Life and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

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 Smith aka Method Man, American rapper
Clifford Odets, American playwright
Clifford Ball, American aviator
Clifford Parker "Cliff" Robertson III, American actor
Clifford Alan Pickover, American science author
Clifford S. Chapin IV, American actor and animator
Clifford James Geertz, American anthropologist
Clifford Bundy "Cliff" Stearns, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Florida
Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton, American former bass guitarist for Metallica
Clifford Edward Berry, American inventor
Clifford Michael Irving, American Author
Clifford Glenwood Shull, American physicist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Clifford Tobin "Cliff" DeYoung, American actor and musician
(Clifford) Porter Hall, American actor
Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton, American bass guitarist for Metallica
Clifford Charles "Cliff" Arquette, American actor
Clifford John "Cliff" Bole, American TV director
Clifford Vivian Devon "Cliff" Curtis, New Zealand actor
Arthur Clifford "Cliff" Michelmore, English TV presenter
Clifford Allen "Cliff" Harris, American NFL player
Clifford Olin, son of American actors Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig

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'
Clifford "Cliff" Blossom, character in Archie Comics Universe

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LaurenAsburne Says:


It's growing on me, to be honest.

headintheclouds Says:


I do think of the big red dog with Clifford, but that wouldn't be my main issue with this name. I find Clifford way too stuffy (like having Jones or Montgomery as a first name) to consider it on someone in real life, besides on a couple of wonderful elderly gentlemen I have met who are named Clifford. I can see the appeal of nicknames Cliff and Ford, but I would use names other than Clifford to get to them, like Heathcliff or Ford on its own.

lesliemarion Says:


I agree. Cliff and Ford are lovely nicknames and I find the big red dog association cute.

Plutophelia Says:


i love this, it's an old family name that goes back about five generations. The nickname Cliff or even ford would be nice.