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What does Ratcliff mean?

Ratcliff Pronunciation of Ratcliff [rat-cliff] as a boys' name has its root in Old English, and the name Ratcliff means "red cliff". Ratcliff is an alternate spelling of Radcliff (Old English): place name.

Associated with: old english, red.


Ratcliff has 1 variant: Ratcliffe.

2 more related forms via Radcliff: Radcliffe and Radclyffe.

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Middle name pairings:
Ratcliff Wolfgang (R.W.), ..

How popular is Ratcliff?

Ratcliff is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#3207 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Ratcliff has yet to make it into the list thus far. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Botolff (see Botolf), Cliff, Detleff, Heathcliff, Northcliff, Rachim, Raff, Ralf, Ranolf, Ranulfo, Rawlins, Ritchie, Stancliff, Stanscliff (see Stancliff), Sutcliff, Sutcliffe and Wycliff. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ratcliff.

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