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Meaning and Origin of: Clifford

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Hill

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from any of various places called Clifford, for example in Devon, Gloucestershire, West Yorkshire, and in particular Herefordshire. The place name is derived from Old English clif ‘slope’ + ford ‘ford’.
  • A family of this name trace their descent from Walter de Clifford, who acquired the surname from Clifford Castle near Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, in the 12th century.