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What does Clifton mean?

Clifton Pronunciation of Clifton 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, surname


VARIANTS Cliff, Cliffeton, Clift, Clyffeton, Clyfton, Clyffton




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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)

Clifton reached its peak position of #153 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is presently at #1602. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other prominent varying form of Clifton (#1602 FROM RECENT DATA) is Cliff. These forms of Clifton were popular as baby names in the 1900s (USAGE OF 0.1%) and have become much less popular since (USAGE 0.01%, 94%), with versions such as Clifton becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clifton, Cliff in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Affton (see Afton), Afton, Alison, Alisson, Allston, Allton, Alston, Alton, Blanton, Briton, Britton, Caidon, Carlton, Carston, Caxton, Chelton, Cheston, Chilton, Claron, Claudon (see Claude), Claxton, Clayton, Cleavon, Cleon, Cleto, Cletos, Clevon, Clifford, Clint, Clinton, Clintt (see Clinton), Clitus, Coleton, Collton, Colston, Colton, Cotton, Crayton, Crichton, Cristen, Criston, Cristos, Croffton (see Crofton), Crofton, Eifion, Eliron, Elison, Elisson, Ellston, Ellton, Elston, Elton, Glenton, Griffon, Hilton, Klayton, Linton, Litton, Milton, Platon, Quinton, Riston, Sefton, Shipton, Swinton, Tilton, Triston, Triton, Vinton, Wilton, Winton and Wriston. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clifton.

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