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Origin and Meaning of Cliff

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cliff
A high, steep rock; a precipice.

Etymology: AS. clif cloef; akin to OS. klif, D. klif klip, Icel. klif, Dan. & G. klippe, Sw. klippa; perh. orig. a climbing place. See Climb

noun Cliff
See Clef.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A steep high face of rock ("he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town")
Wiktionary

Shortening.

  1. A diminutive of the male given name Clifford.

Notable Persons Named Cliff

Sir Cliff Richard is a skiffle, rock, roll, pop music, pop rock, and contemporary christian music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Cliff was given the name Harry Rodger Webb on October 14th, 1940 in Lucknow.

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Cliff Burton was a heavy metal music and thrash metal musician. He plays Rickenbacker 4001 and Aria (guitar company). He was most prominent from 1980 to 1986. Cliff was given the name Clifford Lee Burton on February 10th, 1962 in Castro Valley, California, United States. He passed away on September 27th, 1986.

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Cliff Curtis is an actor. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Cliff was given the name Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis on July 27th, 1968 in Rotorua.

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Cliff Robertson was an actor. His career lasted from 1943 to 2007. Cliff was given the name Clifford Parker Robertson III on September 9th, 1923 in La Jolla, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on September 10th, 2011.

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Cliff Williams is a hard rock, heavy metal music, blues rock, rock, roll, and progressive rock musician. He plays Bass guitar, vocals, Music Man StingRay, Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Gibson Ripper, Gibson Thunderbird, Gibson EB-3, and Steinberger. His ongoing career started in 1966. Cliff was given the name Clifford Williams on December 14th, 1949 in Romford, Essex, England.

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Cliff Martinez is a soundtrack, punk rock, funk rock, experimental rock, industrial music, and ambient music musician. He plays Drums, percussion, cristal baschet, and keyboards. His ongoing career started in 1983. Cliff was born on February 5th, 1954 in The Bronx, New York City.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cliff

Jimmy Cliff is a ska and reggae musician. He plays Human voice, Guitar, Piano, Conga, and Keyboard instrument. He was most prominent from 1962 to present. Jimmy was given the name James Chambers on April 1st, 1948 in Somerton District, St. James, Jamaica.

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Tony was given the name Yigael Gluckstein on May 20th, 1917. He left this life on April 9th, 2000.

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David was born in 1966.

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Will was born on October 17th, 1988 in Macclesfield.

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Ian was born on September 11th, 1952.

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Leslie Cliff is a swimmer. Leslie was born on March 11th, 1955 in Vancouver.

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How popular is the baby name Cliff in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 7 0 7
1881 5 0 5
1882 13 0 13
1883 10 0 10
1884 13 0 13
1885 14 0 14
1886 23 0 23
1887 17 0 17
1888 15 0 15
1889 15 0 15
1890 15 0 15
1891 12 0 12
1892 13 0 13
1893 17 0 17
1894 17 0 17
1895 21 0 21
1896 13 0 13
1897 16 0 16
1898 18 0 18
1899 15 0 15
1900 17 0 17
1901 15 0 15
1902 16 0 16
1903 19 0 19
1904 24 0 24
1905 23 0 23
1906 22 0 22
1907 18 0 18
1908 21 0 21
1909 19 0 19
1910 20 0 20
1911 21 0 21
1912 28 0 28
1913 16 0 16
1914 34 0 34
1915 58 0 58
1916 52 0 52
1917 41 0 41
1918 45 0 45
1919 42 0 42
1920 43 0 43
1921 46 0 46
1922 39 0 39
1923 49 0 49
1924 27 0 27
1925 38 0 38
1926 46 0 46
1927 39 0 39
1928 33 0 33
1929 44 0 44
1930 45 0 45
1931 47 0 47
1932 46 0 46
1933 44 0 44
1934 57 0 57
1935 59 0 59
1936 56 0 56
1937 64 0 64
1938 56 0 56
1939 71 0 71
1940 72 0 72
1941 69 0 69
1942 75 0 75
1943 74 0 74
1944 86 0 86
1945 97 0 97
1946 99 0 99
1947 140 0 140
1948 109 0 109
1949 89 0 89
1950 94 0 94
1951 67 0 67
1952 88 0 88
1953 92 0 92
1954 125 0 125
1955 148 0 148
1956 147 0 147
1957 250 0 250
1958 247 0 247
1959 309 0 309
1960 252 0 252
1961 278 0 278
1962 229 0 229
1963 263 0 263
1964 230 0 230
1965 174 0 174
1966 151 0 151
1967 128 0 128
1968 125 0 125
1969 147 0 147
1970 157 0 157
1971 130 0 130
1972 104 0 104
1973 110 0 110
1974 100 0 100
1975 79 0 79
1976 84 0 84
1977 89 0 89
1978 91 0 91
1979 117 0 117
1980 144 0 144
1981 146 0 146
1982 142 0 142
1983 135 0 135
1984 118 0 118
1985 108 0 108
1986 83 0 83
1987 64 0 64
1988 70 0 70
1989 72 0 72
1990 53 0 53
1991 54 0 54
1992 47 0 47
1993 22 0 22
1994 24 0 24
1995 24 0 24
1996 22 0 22
1997 28 0 28
1998 27 0 27
1999 21 0 21
2000 28 0 28
2001 19 0 19
2002 14 0 14
2003 15 0 15
2004 14 0 14
2005 17 0 17
2006 18 0 18
2007 20 0 20
2008 16 0 16
2009 12 0 12
2010 19 0 19
2011 21 0 21
2012 13 0 13
2013 14 0 14
2014 20 0 20
2015 17 0 17
2016 19 0 19
2017 24 0 24

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Popularity of Cliff as a first name

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Popularity of Cliff as a last name

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Common last names for Cliff

  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Thomas
  • Edwards
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Walker
  • Evans

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cliff U.S.
  White 82.30% 64.26%
  African American 11.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.79% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.96% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.54% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cliff

People with the last name Cliff are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cliff

  • How Popular is the name Cliff? Cliff is the 2,671st most popular name of all time. As a last name Cliff was the 12,856th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cliff have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,028 babies born with the first name Cliff in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cliff to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cliff? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Cliff first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cliff is Monday, February 24th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Cliff born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cliff was in 1959 with a total of 309 babies.
  • Random Cliff Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cliff is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Cliff: Your name in reverse order is Ffilc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fflic. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cliff? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,395 people with the last name Cliff.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cliff? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cliff as their last name since less than 1 person in 123k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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