Meaning and name origin
Clifton \c-lif-ton, cl(i)-fton\ as a boy's name is pronounced KLIF-ten. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Clifton is "town by the cliff". Surname used as given name. Sometimes used as an expanded form of Cliff.
Clifton is a very popular first name for males (#279 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1130 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Clifton for boys. Clifton reached its highest rank of #161 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Clifton and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Clifton and Cliff. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Clinton. Like Clifton, this name is not commonly used.