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Cliff Family History

Cliff Name Meaning
English: habitational name from a place named with Old English clif ‘slope’, ‘bank’, ‘cliff’, or a topographic name from the same word. The Old English word was used not only in the sense of modern English cliff but also of much gentler slopes and frequently also of a riverbank.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Cliff Families

  • Number of Cliff families
     29 - 56
     10 - 28
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cliff families
     267 - 531
     90 - 266
     1 - 89
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Cliff families
     10 - 18
     4 - 9
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cliff Family Origin

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Cliff Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Cliff

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Cliff Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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