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This is an English locational surname of Anglo-Saxon origin, from any of the places so called in the counties of Gloucestershire, Devonshire, Herefordshire and West Yorkshire. The placenames are first recorded as either "Clifort" or "Cliford" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and all share the same meaning and derivation. The name means "the ford at the cliff or slope", derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "clif", a slope, cliff or steep bank, with "ford", a ford. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace.

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Looking for My Great Grandfather and any information as to where he came from and his ancestors. His name is: Andrew Clifford. he was born somewhere in ireland, around 1800 and died around 1856. He married Elizabeth (Smith) Clifford and they moved to Alton, Illinois usa. and had 5 children . named mary jane, Thomas, Andrew G. , Jennie and William,..My email is: thank you :-)


Clifford from castlemartyr- where did they come from?


My grandmother was born in castlemartyr in cork in 1902- she was a Clifford- her father came from Limerick. Is Clifford a Norman or an English name?


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