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 "Picky Parents BNG".
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.