What does Clifford mean?
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.
(female) 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)
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.
Similar NamesSuggested 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.See names in meaning and etymology.