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

Clifford Origin and Meaning

The name Clifford is a boy's name of English origin meaning "lives near the ford by the cliff".

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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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.