What does Clifton mean?
Clifton \c-lif-ton, cl(i)-fton\ as a boys' 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 prominent first name for males (#279 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1130 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Clifton for boys. Clifton reached its peak position of #161 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Clifton and related names. The only other prominent varying form of Clifton rated in the Top 1000 is Cliff. This boy name was at the height of its popularity during the years 1890-1899 and has become much less popular since, with the versions Clifton and Cliff becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Clinton. Like Clifton, this name is not frequently used.