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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Clifford

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  • According to a user from South Africa, the name Clifford is of African origin and means "Gift of God".
  • According to a user from Indonesia, the name Clifford is of American origin and means "Fragile loyal sttuborn".
  • A submission from Washington, United States says the name Clifford means "One who fords a cliff. A cliff dweller." and is of English origin.

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Wiktionary

Old English clif (“cliff”) + ford (“ford”).

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Clifford

T.I. is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, record executive, actor, author, television personality, and nightclub owner. He holds the title Whatever You Like. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. T.I. was given the name Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. on September 25th, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. T.I. is also known as Harris, Clifford Joseph, and Jr. (birth name); Tip.

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Method Man is a hardcore hip hop and east coast hip hop musician. He was most prominent from 1992 to present. Method was given the name Clifford Smith on March 2nd, 1971 in Staten Island, New York, U.S. Method is also known as Johnny Blaze, Iron Lung, Hot Nickels, Ticallion Stallion, and MZA.

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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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Johnny Rebel is a country music, white power music, rockabilly, and swamp pop singing and songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1958 to 2014. Johnny was given the name Clifford Joseph Trahan on October 3rd, 1938 in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. Johnny is also known as Tommy Todd, Jericho Jones, Johnny "Pee Wee" Blaine, Johnny "Pee Wee" Trayhan, Johnny "Pee Wee" Trahan, and Filthy McNasty.

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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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Notable Persons With the Last Name Clifford

Max Clifford is a criminal.

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Doug "Cosmo" Clifford is a rock music, roots rock, country rock, blues rock, swamp pop, southern rock, rock, and roll musician and songwriter. He plays Drum kit, Washboard (musical instrument), and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1959. Doug was given the name Douglas Ray Clifford on April 24th, 1945 in Palo Alto, California.

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Clark Clifford was an office holder. His military service ended in 1946. Clark was born on December 25th, 1906 in Fort Scott, Kansas, United States. He left this life on October 10th, 1998.

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William Clifford was a scientist in the fields of mathematics and philosophy. William was born on May 4th, 1845 in Exeter. He died on March 3rd, 1879.

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Steve Clifford is a basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. Steve was born on September 17th, 1961 in Island Falls, Maine.

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His ongoing career started in 1966. Keith was born Keith Clifford on June 20th, 1938 in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 133 6 127
1881 118 8 110
1882 160 5 155 #95 boy name
1883 149 11 138 #100 boy name
1884 157 7 150
1885 144 5 139
1886 180 8 172 #95 boy name
1887 173 8 165 #92 boy name
1888 201 7 194 #92 boy name
1889 215 13 202 #87 boy name
1890 219 12 207 #83 boy name
1891 206 10 196 #81 boy name
1892 255 15 240 #81 boy name
1893 288 19 269 #71 boy name
1894 314 7 307 #65 boy name
1895 290 18 272 #72 boy name
1896 323 12 311 #66 boy name
1897 295 10 285 #68 boy name
1898 326 9 317 #67 boy name
1899 305 8 297 #62 boy name
1900 424 15 409 #66 boy name
1901 294 12 282 #69 boy name
1902 348 22 326 #71 boy name
1903 357 9 348 #61 boy name
1904 376 15 361 #66 boy name
1905 427 7 420 #61 boy name
1906 429 16 413 #63 boy name
1907 457 12 445 #65 boy name
1908 528 13 515 #58 boy name
1909 570 34 536 #57 boy name
1910 571 20 551 #66 boy name
1911 717 23 694 #62 boy name
1912 1,371 26 1,345 #62 boy name
1913 1,545 25 1,520 #68 boy name
1914 1,993 33 1,960 #62 boy name
1915 2,771 30 2,741 #61 boy name
1916 2,822 55 2,767 #61 boy name
1917 3,027 58 2,969 #59 boy name
1918 3,338 39 3,299 #60 boy name
1919 3,092 52 3,040 #60 boy name
1920 3,347 56 3,291 #59 boy name
1921 3,309 47 3,262 #62 boy name
1922 3,201 43 3,158 #63 boy name
1923 3,140 34 3,106 #65 boy name
1924 3,288 39 3,249 #64 boy name
1925 3,474 49 3,425 #59 boy name
1926 3,241 49 3,192 #62 boy name
1927 3,069 40 3,029 #65 boy name
1928 2,905 46 2,859 #68 boy name
1929 2,718 43 2,675 #72 boy name
1930 2,730 35 2,695 #74 boy name
1931 2,479 29 2,450 #75 boy name
1932 2,314 29 2,285 #85 boy name
1933 2,187 27 2,160 #86 boy name
1934 2,332 18 2,314 #85 boy name
1935 2,280 19 2,261 #88 boy name
1936 2,153 20 2,133 #90 boy name
1937 2,246 18 2,228 #90 boy name
1938 2,290 15 2,275 #89 boy name
1939 2,314 22 2,292 #88 boy name
1940 2,195 11 2,184 #94 boy name
1941 2,382 18 2,364 #94 boy name
1942 2,551 19 2,532 #95 boy name
1943 2,682 19 2,663 #94 boy name
1944 2,412 17 2,395 #99 boy name
1945 2,392 10 2,382 #99 boy name
1946 2,631 15 2,616 #100 boy name
1947 3,006 17 2,989
1948 2,809 16 2,793
1949 2,910 9 2,901
1950 2,952 10 2,942 #100 boy name
1951 3,178 18 3,160
1952 3,341 23 3,318 #99 boy name
1953 3,167 14 3,153
1954 3,165 23 3,142
1955 3,005 10 2,995
1956 2,918 11 2,907
1957 2,908 18 2,890
1958 2,823 10 2,813
1959 2,548 15 2,533
1960 2,485 20 2,465
1961 2,351 15 2,336
1962 2,193 10 2,183
1963 2,216 17 2,199
1964 2,034 13 2,021
1965 1,831 9 1,822
1966 1,620 8 1,612
1967 1,529 15 1,514
1968 1,614 6 1,608
1969 1,525 17 1,508
1970 1,591 10 1,581
1971 1,402 20 1,382
1972 1,281 14 1,267
1973 1,180 5 1,175
1974 1,153 5 1,148
1975 1,132 8 1,124
1976 1,071 6 1,065
1977 980 7 973
1978 1,012 10 1,002
1979 1,054 8 1,046
1980 1,231 14 1,217
1981 1,192 14 1,178
1982 1,150 9 1,141
1983 987 12 975
1984 1,009 12 997
1985 902 9 893
1986 876 9 867
1987 763 9 754
1988 770 6 764
1989 774 0 774
1990 699 0 699
1991 591 7 584
1992 538 0 538
1993 475 0 475
1994 402 0 402
1995 357 0 357
1996 356 0 356
1997 323 0 323
1998 267 0 267
1999 293 0 293
2000 224 0 224
2001 238 0 238
2002 197 0 197
2003 175 0 175
2004 215 0 215
2005 190 0 190
2006 168 0 168
2007 181 0 181
2008 163 0 163
2009 144 0 144
2010 143 0 143
2011 134 0 134
2012 138 0 138
2013 138 0 138
2014 119 0 119
2015 146 0 146
2016 137 0 137
2017 159 0 159

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Popularity of Clifford as a first name

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Popularity of Clifford as a last name

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Common last names for Clifford

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  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Wilson
  • Nelson
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • White
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Allen
  • Harris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Clifford U.S.
  White 89.17% 64.26%
  African American 3.70% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.84% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.60% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Clifford

People with the last name Clifford are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Clifford

  • What name lists does Clifford rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Clifford? Clifford is the 389th most popular name of all time. As a last name Clifford was the 1,618th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Clifford have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 189,118 babies born with the first name Clifford in the United States. That's more than enough people named Clifford to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Clifford? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 133 new born babies.
  • When was Clifford first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Clifford is Friday, October 12th, 1860.
  • What year had the most people named Clifford born? The highest recorded use of the first name Clifford was in 1925 with a total of 3,425 babies. That's a lot of babies named Clifford!
  • Random Clifford Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clifford ranks 64th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 13 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Clifford: Your name in reverse order is Droffilc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cfrfoldi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Clifford? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 22,245 people with the last name Clifford.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Clifford? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Clifford as their last name.

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