Clifford is an English surname, place name and given name. This name is of Old English origin, composed of two elements: from the Old English “clif” (a vertical “or nearly vertical” rock face) plus from the Proto-Germanic “*furduz” (crossing, ford). The name means “ford by a cliff”. Clifford was a common surname mainly in the 18th century but lost its prominence over the years. Today the name Clifford is common in Europe and USA.