What does Clifton mean?
Clifton /clif-ton/ [2 sylls.] 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.
How popular is Clifton?
Clifton is a very prominent first name for males (#279 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1320 out of 150436, 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Clifton and related names. The only other prominent varying form of Clifton is Cliff. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.6545%) and have become much less popular since, with the versions Cliff and Clifton becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Clinton. Like Clifton, this name is not frequently used.