Clifton

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70k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Clifton

"Clifton" is a name of English origin, and it means "From a Town near a Cliff". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Literally meaning a town near a cliff. See -ton.

  1. Any of several places in England, especially a suburb of Bristol, England.
  2. An English habitational surname​ for someone who lived in a town of this name.

Notable Persons Named Clifton

Jr. Clifton Collins is an actor. Their most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Jr. was given the name Clifton Craig Collins, Jr. on June 16th, 1970 in Los Angeles. Jr. is also known as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez.

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His ongoing career started in 1954. Clifton was born on May 29th, 1921 in Spokane, Washington.

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He was most active from 1913 to 1962. Clifton was given the name Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck on November 19th, 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. He passed away on October 13th, 1966.

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Clifton Powell is an actor and comedian. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Clifton was born on March 16th, 1956 in Washington, D.C.

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Cliff Edwards was a singing, voice acting, singer, and voice actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1918 to 1970. Cliff was given the name Clifton Avon Edwards on June 14th, 1895 in Hannibal, Missouri, U.S. Cliff is also known as Ukulele Ike. He left this life on July 17th, 1971.

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Clifton Davis is an actor, songwriter, singer, minister, and minister (christianity). He has been prominent since 1971. Clifton was given the name Clifton Duncan Davis on October 4th, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Clifton

Scott Clifton is a film actor. He was most active from 2001 to present. Scott was given the name Scott Clifton Snyder on October 31st, 1984.

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Kevin Clifton is a dancer and choreographer. Kevin was born Kevin Clifton on October 13th, 1982 in Waltham, Lincolnshire.

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Joanne Clifton is a dancer, presenter, model, actress, and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to 1983. Joanne was given the name Joanne Kirsty Clifton on October 24th, 1983 in Waltham, Lincolnshire. Joanne is also known as Clifton and Jo.

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Karen Clifton is a dancer and choreographer. She has had major accomplishments since 2009. Karen was born on April 20th, 1982 in Valencia, Carabobo.

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The Lord Carey of Clifton is a christian bishop. The was born on November 13th, 1935.

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Lucille Clifton was a writer. Lucille was born on June 27th, 1936 in Depew, New York, USA. She passed away on February 13th, 2010.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 38 0 38
1881 39 0 39
1882 51 0 51
1883 26 0 26
1884 40 0 40
1885 54 0 54
1886 42 0 42
1887 43 0 43
1888 64 0 64
1889 59 0 59
1890 57 0 57
1891 80 0 80
1892 68 0 68
1893 75 0 75
1894 93 0 93
1895 92 0 92
1896 95 0 95
1897 78 0 78
1898 83 0 83
1899 94 0 94
1900 108 0 108
1901 101 0 101
1902 112 0 112
1903 110 0 110
1904 115 0 115
1905 121 0 121
1906 105 0 105
1907 126 0 126
1908 148 5 143
1909 157 0 157
1910 184 6 178
1911 211 5 206
1912 404 0 404
1913 507 10 497
1914 624 8 616
1915 827 7 820
1916 776 5 771
1917 805 12 793
1918 944 10 934
1919 894 9 885
1920 921 11 910
1921 939 7 932
1922 898 11 887
1923 911 10 901
1924 853 6 847
1925 890 0 890
1926 893 8 885
1927 929 9 920
1928 786 6 780
1929 790 10 780
1930 759 5 754
1931 705 7 698
1932 744 6 738
1933 741 8 733
1934 671 5 666
1935 650 0 650
1936 644 7 637
1937 668 0 668
1938 648 0 648
1939 662 0 662
1940 649 8 641
1941 675 0 675
1942 804 11 793
1943 865 7 858
1944 771 6 765
1945 729 7 722
1946 809 7 802
1947 973 8 965
1948 944 0 944
1949 981 0 981
1950 1,025 0 1,025
1951 954 0 954
1952 939 0 939
1953 959 0 959
1954 1,042 0 1,042
1955 982 6 976
1956 1,000 0 1,000
1957 1,052 0 1,052
1958 1,004 6 998
1959 933 7 926
1960 876 5 871
1961 878 6 872
1962 854 0 854
1963 798 9 789
1964 842 6 836
1965 685 0 685
1966 700 5 695
1967 672 7 665
1968 684 0 684
1969 676 9 667
1970 685 13 672
1971 649 6 643
1972 628 5 623
1973 556 0 556
1974 761 10 751
1975 1,225 10 1,215
1976 882 11 871
1977 838 11 827
1978 876 7 869
1979 794 11 783
1980 804 0 804
1981 794 6 788
1982 718 0 718
1983 616 6 610
1984 650 6 644
1985 652 8 644
1986 609 0 609
1987 557 5 552
1988 526 8 518
1989 506 0 506
1990 440 0 440
1991 411 0 411
1992 355 0 355
1993 311 0 311
1994 267 0 267
1995 249 0 249
1996 232 0 232
1997 221 0 221
1998 240 0 240
1999 215 0 215
2000 232 0 232
2001 201 0 201
2002 163 0 163
2003 172 0 172
2004 159 0 159
2005 156 0 156
2006 146 0 146
2007 154 0 154
2008 131 0 131
2009 132 0 132
2010 107 0 107
2011 112 0 112
2012 129 0 129
2013 110 0 110
2014 119 0 119
2015 110 0 110
2016 90 0 90

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Popularity of Clifton as a first name

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Popularity of Clifton as a last name

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Common last names for Clifton

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Hall
  • Lewis
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Clark

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Clifton U.S.
  White 81.19% 64.26%
  African American 13.11% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Clifton

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

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Fun Facts about the name Clifton

  • How Popular is the name Clifton? Clifton is the 812th most popular name of all time. As a last name Clifton was the 1,439th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Clifton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 69,797 babies born with the first name Clifton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Clifton to occupy the territory of Bermuda (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 64,237 (as of May 20, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Clifton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 38 new born babies.
  • When was Clifton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Clifton is Wednesday, March 10th, 1858.
  • What year had the most people named Clifton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Clifton was in 1975 with a total of 1,215 babies. That's a lot of babies named Clifton!
  • Random Clifton Factoid: According to the 1910 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clifton ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 5 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1910.
  • Weird things about the name Clifton: Your name in reverse order is Notfilc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Olfinct. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Clifton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,758 people with the last name Clifton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Clifton? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Clifton as their last name.

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