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The CLIFF surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,375 12058 0.001 9
United States (1880 census) 739 7040 0.001 15
Change since 1880 +1636 -5018 0 -6
Other Countries
Australia 502 3209 0.003 31
United Kingdom 2,888 2147 0.006 63
Top States for CLIFF by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 255 10090 0.001 8
Illinois 184 6980 0.001 15
New York 166 11316 0.001 9
Florida 145 12172 0.001 9
Ohio 119 10868 0.001 10
Top States for CLIFF by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Idaho 64 2830 0.005 49
Wisconsin 103 8224 0.002 19
Montana 15 9461 0.002 17
Tennessee 94 6166 0.002 17
Rhode Island 16 8995 0.002 15


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called CLIFF live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called CLIFF represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called CLIFF in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a CLIFF by picking someone at random in Idaho than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of CLIFF

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CLIFF surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the CLIFF surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CLIFF in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 252 10.61
Native American/Alaskan 46 1.94
White (Hispanic) 41 1.73
Mixed Race 21 0.88
Asian/Pacific 10 0.42
White (Caucasian) 2,005 84.42

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the CLIFF surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of CLIFF in historical publications

(origin: Local) A steep bank, a precipice; a town in North-amptonshire, England.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

CLIFF. Parishes, &c., in cos. Kent, York, Sussex, Northampton, and Wilts.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to CLIFF

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CLIFF.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for CLIFF

The following words are slight variants of CLIFF that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.