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Origin: Anglo Saxon
Meaning: Near the Cliff

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Clifford

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Clifford in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Clifford:

  • Records indicate that 185,213 boys in the United States have been named Clifford since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1925, when 3,430 people in the U.S. were given the name Clifford. Those people are now 95 years old.

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    Comments about the name Clifford

    67% Approval Rating
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      4 Positive Comments

  • "we named one of our twins that name after his great grandfather my son seems to like that name he is 18 and autistic" Dec. 21, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have worn this moniker for 59 yrs. and love it. It is simultaneously unique in usage, but common in sound and spelling. I almost always go by Cliff, unless I am in trouble." Sep. 27, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's an old, strong name. I think it has character when you really observe the name. It wasn't a favorite of mine as a child, but it has grown on me. It may trigger some chuckles in relation to the big red dog, but aside from that it's a solid name with great nicknames like "Cliff" and "Ford." I'm sad to see how many negative reactions it has, but then again, that's my cue to use it. I'd love to use this if I ever have a son. It's truly unique, unlike names like "Jaxon" or "Katelynn" people THINK are unique, only to be a trend that traps a ton of people of the same generation, with the same name." Dec. 4, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! I am the original Cliff. All other Cliff's are imposters! ^_~" Sep. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "It's my name, and it has made my life a living hell. I will never forgive my parents for giving me this awful name." Nov. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not a great name. It means literally, "near the Cliff." Parents could do better." Jun. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      7 Neutral Comments

  • "A name like this one may probably carry a double image: it may be that of either some much older American hero dressed like a cowboy while nowadays a retiree (yet may have been tall, dark, and handsome in his youth), or some much younger British (at any rate English) villain (usually going by the abbreviation which is Cliff) with blond (or at least blond-brown but never full-on brown) hair, a scruffy dress sense, and a couple of things British people are stereotyped with - crooked teeth and the great English cup of tea, proving his Britishness while, in a Hollywood film, he happens to be the primary villain (Hollywood often casts people from England as the evil guys opposite those from the U.S. as the good guys)" Sep. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My cousin's name is Clifford and I am his favorite cousin (btw my name is Kaley) but I don't really like the name Clifford. I like Cliff that's what I call my cousin.. ~Kaley" May. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "For me (and I'm a Brit, by the way), a name like Clifford sounds more 1950s/60s than 1900s/10s. This is partly because Cliff, the short form, doesn't really sound old mannish in the way Stan (for Stanley), Bert (for Albert/Herbert), Fred (for Frederick), Sid (for Sidney), and Frank (for Francis - but long popular also as a font name) do. Both short form and long form are dated, though." Aug. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cliff's better, Clifford sounds silly because of the dog." Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a child I did not care for the entire name Clifford. Cliff was more acceptable. Even today as an adult I prefer Cliff." Apr. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "the most *awsomest* teacher i have ever had was called clifford. Word up chappy!!" Apr. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOL Clifford the big red dog. oh, by the way, my name is Emily Elizabeth. Very kool, huh?" Feb. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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