Clifton Name Meaning & Origin

Clifton

Pronunciation: KLIF-tən (key)

Origin of the name Clifton:

Transferred use of the surname originating from a place-name for various old English towns. It is composed from the Old English elements clif (cliff, slope, bank of a river) and tūn (town, settlement, village, enclosure): hence, "settlement by the cliff."

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My brother is named Clifton, and it fits him: nice, organized, honest, a little conservative in a genuine 1950's dad sort of way, emotionally accessible, and creative.

I love the name because it is unusual and retro... career-wise, I think architect or business major. It's a behind-the-scenes, responsible guy's name.

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I kinda lucked out with the name Clifton because I grew up a natural athlete.

The name fits me well because I wear it with pride and there really aren't that many of us out there.

I've never shortened the name and gone by just "Cliff."

Simple names like Dave, Joe & Jon are usually what I use as an alias to order a sandwich in a crowded deli.

I'm actually "Clifton the 3rd" so the name significantly means a great deal to me.

Grampa was a WWII South Pacific Vet and basically my hero.

His Dad before that kept the family afloat during the Great Depression in NY.

What I love most about the name is the "Introduction Handshake" when meeting new people.

The name really stands out and sometimes they'll ask about it's origin and I'll tell them the story of how I initially got it.

P.S. - When I was real young I couldn't totally pronounce my name, so I called myself Tetton...

Mom's still calls me that sometimes ;-)

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