First name origin & meaning:
Old English: Hill
First name variations: Clifton, Clyff, Clyfford, Clyford, Clint, Clive, Clifford
Last name origins & meanings:
- 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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