Surname statistics for Cliff

There are approximately 4,600 people named Cliff in the UK. That makes it the 2,285th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 73 are named Cliff.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)46002285N/A73
United Kingdom (1881 census)261817080.00987
Change since 1881+1982-577-0.002-14
Other Countries
United States237512058N/A9

Top male forenames

John Cliff
Andrew Cliff
David Cliff
Paul Cliff
Stephen Cliff
Michael Cliff
Robert Cliff
Mark Cliff
Steven Cliff
Peter Cliff
James Cliff
Darren Cliff
Richard Cliff
Simon Cliff
Anthony Cliff
Alan Cliff
Nigel Cliff
Thomas Cliff
Philip Cliff
Stuart Cliff

Top female forenames

Margaret Cliff
Susan Cliff
Sarah Cliff
Judith Cliff
Janet Cliff
Elizabeth Cliff
Patricia Cliff
Lisa Cliff
Joanna Cliff
Jennifer Cliff
Victoria Cliff
Valerie Cliff
Helen Cliff
Janette Cliff
Lara Cliff
Ann Cliff
Nicola Cliff
Emma Cliff
Louise Cliff
Julie Cliff


  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it's the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it's the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don't really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won't change, as it's a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

'N/A' indicates that we don't have data for this name in that country or time (usually because it's quite uncommon there and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one there 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!

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 UK as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.