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What does Clinton mean?

Clinton /clin-ton/ as a boys' name is pronounced KLIN-ten. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Clinton is "fenced settlement".

Surname and place name from Glympton in Oxfordshire or Glinton in Northants. An illustrious 18th-century governor of New York, De Witt Clinton, left his name on many New York City locations. American President Bill Clinton; actor Clint Eastwood; singer Clint Black.

Associated with: old english, surname, 18th century, black (dark).


Clinton has 3 variants: Clint, Clintt and Klint.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Cinton, Clinro, ..

(female) Clinin, Clintoni, ..

How popular is Clinton?

Clinton is a very popular first name for males (#239 out of 1220, Top 20%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2118 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name statistics of Clinton for boys. Clinton reached its peak rank of #157 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #923. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clinton name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clinton outside U.S.

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Clinton and related names. Clint (#1620 in recent rankings) is the only other prominent related form of Clinton (#923 in recent rankings) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Clinton was widespread 4 decades ago (average #201) and has become significantly less since (#1271, 89%), with forms such as Clint falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clinton, Clint in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Alanson, Albinson, Alisson, Allston, Alston, Alton, Blanton, Branton, Briton, Caidon, Cannon, Canyon, Carington, Carlton, Caxton, Celindo, Channon, Cheston, Chilton, Claudon (see Claude), Claxton, Clayton, Cleanto (see Cleanth), Cleavon, Cleon, Cleto, Cletos, Clianth, Cliffeton (see Clifton), Clift, Clifton, Clyffton (see Clifton), Clyfton (see Clifton), Coleton, Collton, Conlon, Crayton, Criston, D'anton, Danton, Einion, Elison, Ellington, Ellston, Ellton, Elston, Elton, Fenton, Glendon, Glennon, Glenton, Hilton, Kenton, Linton, Litton, Lynton, Manton, Milton, Platon, Quenton, Quinnton, Quinton, Riston, Shipton, Swanton, Swinton, Tilton, Vinson, Vinton, Wilton, Winston, Winton, Wriston, Wynton and Zinon. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clinton.