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"Clifford, the Big, Red Dog" is the star of a series of children's books.
-- breakofday  12/30/2005
Clifford is the name of Constance's (Lady Chatterley's) crippled husband in D.W. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.
-- Anonymous User  7/2/2006
This would be an awesome name if it weren't for the Big Red Dog.
-- wefrox  8/2/2006
Clifford Brown was a famous jazz musician who tragically died young, at the age of 25.
-- meganmichele  3/26/2008
It sounds a bit pretentious and snobby in its full form, but the nickname Cliff has a youthful, fun sound to it without being utterly immature. The name is admittedly a bit dated, though.
-- slight night shiver  5/19/2008
American rapper T.I.'s full name is Clifford Harris Jr.
-- madsta  7/31/2010
I really want to like this name, but every time I think of it, I hear the Clifford: The Big Red Dog song playing in my head.
-- Chrila96  11/20/2010
Clifford Pyncheon is the brother of one of the heroines in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The House of Seven Gables.
-- kkgnoise  1/14/2011
The name Clifford was given to 138 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/19/2013
My name is Clifford, though I am often called "Cliff" in my professional life and by people I don't know (i.e. sales people or people who've read my name off a business card or lanyard/name plaque).

However, my family and friends call me "Ford." I was named after my father's father, who was also called "Ford." So "Ford" is an acceptable diminutive form of "Clifford" and should be added to the list.

As an aside, I always sign and show my full name as Clifford. To acquaintances and tangential contacts, I introduce myself as "Cliff". So, this distinction between Clifford, Cliff, and Ford has been very helpful in my life as I meet people daily and am often approached by people I don't immediately remember. The versatility of this name cues me to how I may know a person as I flip through my mental Rolodex. "Ford" from someone I don't recognize at all is usually a friend of a close friend.

If I hear "Cliffie" or "Cliffmeister" I know that my Aunt Barb has come on the scene.

It may not be that big of a deal for a small child, but it's useful in adulthood. Plus, the name "Ford" as a given name comes from this name, among others, and should be listed.

I also know a "Clifford" who goes by "Clive" and another who goes by "Cleo".
-- Belagia Braga  1/5/2015
The name Clifford was given to 145 boys born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/20/2016
Where's Clifford D. Simak? He wrote 29 sci-fi novels, among others "Time and Again" and "Way Station".
-- Nexty Nextery  9/14/2016

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