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What does Clifford mean?

Clifford Pronunciation of Clifford [clif-ford] as a boys' name is pronounced KLIF-erd. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Clifford is "cliff-side ford". Surname used as given name from the 17th century. Literary: Clifford the Big Red Dog is the hero of many children's books. Playwright Clifford Odets.

Associated with: old english, ford (river), surname, 17th century, big (great), red, dog (wolf), hero.


Clifford has 4 variants: Cliff, Clyff, Clyfford and Clyford.

Creative forms:
(male) Clayford, Cliford, ..

(female) Clifbria, Clifolyn, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clifford Knowledge (C.K.), ..

How popular is Clifford?

Clifford is a very prominent first name for men (#149 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1486 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Clifford reached its apex rank of #63 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #1241 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clifford name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clifford outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Cliff is the only other popular related form of Clifford (#1241 last year) ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Clifford were popular during the years 1900-1909 (average #296) and have become much less popular since (#1620, 97.6%), with versions such as Cliff becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clifford, Cliff in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clifford and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aldford (see Alford), Alford, Allford, Blanford, Bufford, Claiborn, Clayborn, Cliffe, Clifton, Cranford, Crawford, Elford, Ellford (see Elford), Giffard (see Gifford), Gifferd (see Gifford), Gifford, Gilford, Guilford, Gyfford (see Gifford), Jefford, Linford, Milford, Mitford, Rufford (see Ruford), Safford, Stafford, Swinford, Tilford, Whitford and Wilford. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clifford.

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