[ 2 syll. clif-for(d), cl-iffo-rd ] The baby boy name Clifford is pronounced as KLIHF-aoRD †. Clifford is mainly used in the English language and it is of Old English origin. The meaning of the name is ford by a cliff. It is from the words 'clif' meaning cliff, riverbank, slope ; 'ford'. The first name is derived from the surname, which is in turn from a nickname given to one who lived near a cliff and ford. The place name is common in the Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Yorkshire counties in England. The given name was first adopted in the 19th century, as it was well known from a prominent aristocratic family name. The names Cliford, Clift, Clyfford, Clyford, and Klifford are variant forms of Clifford. Other variants of Clifford include the short form Cliff (English), and the familiar forms Cliffie (English) and Ford (English).
Clifford is a rare baby boy name. At the peak of its usage in 1918, 0.315% of baby boys were given the name Clifford. It was #60 in rank then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is today used on a very modest scale. Out of all boy names in its family, Clifford was nonetheless the most popular in 2012. The name Clifford has been primarily given to boys, though it has also been used as a girl name in the last century. In 1920, 66 times more boys than girls were given the name Clifford.
Baby names that sound like Clifford include Calbert, Calbirt, Calbraith, Calburt, Calvirt, Cliford, Clyfford, Clyford, Gilbert, Kalbert, Kalvert, Klifford, Kuhlbart, Kuhlbarte, Kuhlbert, Kuhlberte, Kulbarte, Kulbert, Kulberte, and Kulbart.
† Pronunciation for Clifford: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Clifford:
Author Clifford Irving, born 5 November 1930, New York, New York.
Rapper T.I., born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. 25 September 1980, Atlanta, Georgia.