Clifford Family CrestThe English surname Clifford, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is an habitational name from any of various places called Clifford, for example in Devon, Gloucestershire, West Yorkshire, and in particular Herefordshire. The place name is derived from the Old English terms
clif meaning “slope” and  fordmeaning “ford.” The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter de Clifford, which was dated 1182, in the "Pipe Rolls of Warwickshire." The hereditary title of Lord Clifford of Chudleigh was given to Thomas Clifford (1630 - 1673), a leading minister of Charles II. Olliver Clifford, aged 18 yrs., was an early settler in Virginia, having embarked from London aboard the "Primrose" in July 1635. Today there are approximately 22,000 bearers of the name Clifford living in the United States.

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