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

The name Heathcliff is a boy's name of English origin meaning "cliff near a heath". Heathcliff and is often added to lists like Literary Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Heathcliff

Heathcliff Andrew "Heath" Ledger, Australian actor
Heath "Heathcliff" Slocumb, American baseball pitcher
Heathcliff Rellie (b. 2004), son of stylist and author Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie

Pop Culture References for the name Heathcliff

Heathcliff, Main Character in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
"Heathcliff," comic strip about the title cat
Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable, main character on TV's "The Cosby Show"
Heathcliff, Fred's butler in Disney's "Big Hero 6"
Heathcliffe Hope, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Heathcliff, character from anime/ light novel "Sword Art Online"