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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 Popular English Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF (27 - Occupations)".

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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Popularity

Clifford is #909 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Clifford

Pop Culture References for the name Clifford

Clift, Clyfford, Clyford, Cliff

Comments

LaurenAsburne Says:

2017-11-07T06:13:24

It's growing on me, to be honest.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-10-12T01:35:03

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:

2015-05-24T02:19:20

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

Plutophelia Says:

2014-10-17T04:59:17

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