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Clifford Name Meaning

English and Irish: habitational name from any of various places called Clifford in Devon Gloucestershire and Yorkshire and in particular Herefordshire. The placename is derived from Old English clif ‘slope’ + ford ‘ford’. Irish: adoption of the name in 1 above as Anglicization of several Irish names especially Ó Clúmháin ‘descendant of Clúmhán’ which was the surname of an ecclesiastical family in Sligo and can be traced back to the 12th century. The personal name meant ‘little hairy one’ a diminutive of Irish clúmach<i/> ‘hairy’ from clúmh ‘feathers plumage down; hair or fur’. Clifford was also adopted for Coleman and in Fermanagh for Crifferty Clifferty and Cliffordy which are Anglicized forms of Mac Raibheartaigh (compare Rafferty ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Alford, Lipford, Stafford, Crawford, Milford, Linford, Gifford

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You can see how Clifford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clifford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clifford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 65 Clifford families living in New Hampshire. This was about 19% of all the recorded Clifford's in USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Clifford families in 1840.
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What did your Clifford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Clifford. 13% of Clifford men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Clifford women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clifford were Clerk and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Clifford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Clifford in 1940 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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