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Quick Facts on Clinton

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 924
Simple meaning:
Settlement on the River Glyme

Characteristics of Clinton

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Clinton

Clinton is an English surname with Anglo-Norman roots derived from a place name: Glympton, Oxfordshire (south-central England). The village of Glympton was settled in the middle of the 11th century and so-named due to its location on the River Glyme. Glyme comes from an old Celtic word from the Brythonic language branch (rather than the Gaelic) and means “bright stream”. About 20 years after William, Duke of Normandy’s conquest of England (1066) which resulted in his ascension to the English throne as King William I of England, the land was stripped from its original Anglo-Saxon lord and given to one of the king’s Norman cronies. By the early 12th century the manor was given to Geoffrey de Clinton by King Henry I (King William’s son); Geoffrey was Henry’s chamberlain and treasurer. Geoffrey de Clinton was the first bearer of the surname “Clinton” which was recorded in 1130 and taken directly from the lands of Glympton (surnames were first assigned to members of the aristocracy as a means of identification for the purposes of taxation – locations, occupations and nicknames were among the most common identifiers). Due to the high rate of illiteracy in medieval England, compounded by the drastically different dialects spoken from region to region, the spellings and sounds of surnames evolved radically over time. This is how Glympton eventually morphed in Clinton (in the English alphabet, both C and G come from the same source letter, so the change from G to C was not uncommon). As a masculine given name, Clinton has enjoyed usage in America since at least the 1800s. Famous name bearers are iconic Hollywood actor and filmmaker, Clinton “Clint” Eastwood, country music star Clinton "Clint" Black, and Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States.

Popularity of the Name Clinton

The name Clinton has not only had a long history of usage, but it has had a very successful one, too. The name dates back on the charts to 1880 (which is as far back as we have available data). For most of the 20th century, Clinton was a Top 200 favorite which is impressively high on a relative basis. The funny thing, though, is when you look at the performance chart below you’ll see something (maybe not so?) surprising. Clinton’s usage as an American baby boy’s name started to nose dive in the year 1993. This is the same year as William Jefferson Clinton took office as President. Not only that, but throughout his eight-year term (1993-2001), parents across America were collectively recoiling from using the name Clinton on their baby boys. This after 100+ years of consistently respectable usage. Coincidence? We think not. Why, we’re not exactly sure (but we have some ideas). The name Clinton is now a bottom-dweller on the charts despite its historic popularity among African-Americans, its connection with Clint Eastwood and Clint Black, or its charm-appeal exuded by Clinton Kelly from TLC’s popular show “What Not to Wear”. When it comes to surname-turned-first-names, you could do a whole lot worse than Clinton. Did we mention Nixon just appeared on the naming charts? Go figure.
Popularity of the Boy Name Clinton
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Clinton

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Clinton

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Clinton

    Clinton We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Clinton.

  • Popular Songs on Clinton

    Popular Songs on Clinton

    Clinton - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Clinton.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Clinton

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Clinton

    Bill Clinton: Forty-Second President 1993-2001 (Mike Venezia) - From the “Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents” series, this book presents a biography of the nation's 42nd president Bill Clinton. Written for students in first grade and up. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Clinton Gregory's Secret (Bruce Whatley) - A week in the life of a boy with a very active imagination. Clinton Gregory has a secret. Actually, Clinton Gregory has at least seven secrets, one for each night of the week. Monday, he wrestled a dragon named Gordon; Wednesday, he was invited to dinner with giants; and Sunday, he made paper hats for a ship full of pirates and then rocketed to the moon and back! But the secrets don’t stop there… For the daydreamer in every child, this adventurous fantasy is filled with lush details to discover in each illustration. Children will pore over the large double page spreads during story time readings and nod off to sleep at bedtime after following Clinton Gregory’s very busy, outrageously whimsical agenda. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Clinton

    Famous People Named Clinton

    Famous People Named Clinton - Clinton "Clint" Eastwood (film actor and director); Clinton "Clint" Black (country musician); Clinton Kelly (TV personality); Clinton Portis (football player); Clinton "Clint" Benedict (hockey player); Clinton Davisson (Nobel Prize winner, physics); Clinton Smith (basketball player); Clinton Hart (football player); Clinton Sparks (Grammy nominated musician and TV personality); Clinton Wheeler (basketball player); Clinton Richard Dawkins (biologist and evolutionist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Clinton

    Children of Famous People Named Clinton

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Clinton - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Clinton.

  • Historic Figures

    Clinton - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    William Jefferson Clinton (19 Aug 1946 – Present) - Bill Clinton was our nation's saxophone-playing, good-humored, rock-n-roll president who served between 1993 and 2001. He came onto the scene breathing a new and youthful energy into a country of frustrated Americans (he was also only 46 years old). From modest beginnings, Billy Jeff had grand ambitions, and with his intelligence (he was a Rhodes Scholar) and charismatic personality, it seemed destined to be. It didn't hurt that Clinton was the quintessential natural politician. His presidency is marked by one of the longest periods of economic prosperity and peace in American history. It is also marked by the many scandals of his making (or those gleefully spread by his enemies): Jennifer Flowers, Travelgate, Whitewater, Paula Jones and, everyone's favorite, Monica Lewinsky (for which he was impeached). Still, it seemed that nothing could touch his approval ratings. Everyone pretty much loved Bill Clinton, except of course, his many Republican enemies. His wife Hillary was the first First Lady to have an office in the West Wing.

Personality of the Boy Name Clinton

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Clinton

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