Meaning and name origin
Cliff \c-li-ff\ as a boy's name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Cliff is "cliff-side slope". Diminutive of Clifford and Clifton. Sometimes linked with Clive. Made popular in the 1950s by pop singer Cliff Richard. Actor Cliff Robertson.
Cliff is a somewhat popular first name for males (#612 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#14671 out of 88799, Top 17%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cliff for boys. Cliff reached its highest rank of #501 in the U.S. in 1890-1899 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cliff and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Clifton, Clifford and Cliff. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Clift. This name tends to be less commonly used than Cliff.