What does Clinton mean?
Clinton /clin-ton/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Clinton for boys. Clinton reached its peak rank of #156 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is currently at #923. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Clinton and related names. Clint is the only other prominent related form of Clinton (#923 in 2014) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.788%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.0385%, down 95.1%), with the forms Clinton and Clint becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Clifton. Like Clinton, this name is not frequently used.