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What does Clift mean?

Clift Pronunciation of Clift [clift] as a name for boys is of Old English origin, and Clift means "town by the cliff". Clift is a version of Clifton (Old English): surname used as given name.

Associated with: old english.


2 relations via Clifton: Cliff and Clyfton.

Creative forms:
(male) Clit, Colift, ..

(female) Clice, Cligh, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clift Sylvester (C.S.), ..

How popular is Clift?

Clift is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#7253 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Clifton (#1493 a year ago) and Cliff are the prominent varying forms of Clift (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Clift was widespread among parents during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.1%) and is now much less (usage 0.01%, 94%), with versions such as Cliff going out of style. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Cliffe, Clint, Clintt (see Clinton), Clive, Clyff and Croft. These names tend to be more frequently used than Clift.

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