Meaning and Origin of: Clinton

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Hill

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Irish : reduced form of McClinton.
  • English : habitational name, either from Glympton in Oxfordshire, named as ‘settlement (Old English tūn) on the Glym river’, a Celtic river name meaning ‘bright stream’, or from Glinton in Cambridgeshire, recorded in 1060 as Clinton (named with an unrecorded Old English element akin to Middle Low German glinde ‘enclosure’, ‘fence’ + Old English tūn).
  • Charles Clinton (born 1690 in Longford, Ireland) organized a group of colonists and founded the settlement of Little Britain, Ulster county, NY, in 1731. His son George Clinton (1739–1812) was governor of NY (1777–95), and they had many prominent descendants.

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