Cliffe / O´Cliffe
The name Cliffe in Ireland was brought to the country by settlers who arrived from England especially during the seventeenth century. It is in the Province of Ulster and in County Wexford that the majority of descendants bearing this name can still today be found.
Origen: Galés. The surname Cliffe is derived from the Old English word clif, which means cliff, rock, or steep descent. It is thought to have been a name used for someone who lived near a sloping cliff or the bank of a river. As such, the surname Cliffe belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. First found in Herefordshire, a present day county in Western England, and scene of much border warfare between the Welsh and English through the Middle Ages, where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Variantes: Cliffe, Cliff, Clive, Cleeves, Cleave, Cleaves y otros.
Motto: I glory in the cross.