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Origin and popularity of the name CLINTON


Clinton : 1: Irish (Louth Westmeath) and Scottish: shortened form of McClinton.2: English: habitational name either from Glympton in Oxfordshire named as ‘settlement (Old English tūn) on the Glym river’ a Celtic river name meaning ‘bright stream’ or from Glinton in Northamptonshire early recorded as Clinton (named with an unrecorded Old English element akin to Middle Low German glinde ‘enclosure fence’ + Old English tūn). The surname was taken to Ireland in or before the 16th century.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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