Gender: Male Meaning of Heathcliff: "cliff near a heath" Origin of Heathcliff: English

Heathcliff Origin and Meaning

The name Heathcliff is a boy's name of English origin meaning "cliff near a heath".

Heathcliff is the now effete name of the original passionate macho hero of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, and also of the cartoon cat. It was chosen by fashionista Lucy Sykes for her son, and inspired the late Heath Ledger's name. But as much as we love the original Heathcliff, for a modern boy we'd recommend Heath....or Cliff.

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Tiffany Samuels Says:


This name give me this mindset of beautiful heathers blossoming, I think it's gorgeous but love it for a middle name for Ellis, Ellis Heathcliff, so handsome.

Tiffany Samuels Says:


Wasn't it revealed in the sequel for to kill a mockingbird that atticus was a racist, it's not as honorable as before

Kew Says:


I wouldn't call Heathcliff a macho hero, or a hero at all - he was an abusive brute for most of his adult life. Since the name is an obvious reference to Wuthering Heights, I don't think it's usable.

funnybunny771 Says:


My cousin has the middle name Heathcliff, and it suits him wonderfully! His mother's favourite song is Wuthering Heights so they came up with it and it fit right into his name; Camden Heathcliff. I think it's really unique and great

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love the name Catherine, and this novel is one factor, but I couldn't use Heathcliff. Some names of characters don't work well in real life.

headintheclouds Says:


This sounds like the ultimate smart-cool name to me, with accessible nicknames Heath and Cliff. Someone named Heathcliff would have come from well-educated, well-read parents with a touch of romanticism in them. I'm surprised that the hipster literary parents flocking to Atticus aren't looking to Heathcliff as well for their baby boys, but then again Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights isn't as good a namesake and hero-material as Finch.

ldougie Says:


Oh dear. Seems like two random words smashed together into one name.