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Clifton is an English surname, place name or given name. It means "settlement by a cliff" in Old English.[1] It may refer to:

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  1. ^ MFnames.com - Origin and Meaning of Clifton

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From Wikitravel

Clifton is in the heart of Texas located approximately 90 miles southwest of Dallas/Ft Worth or 35 miles northwest of Waco or approximately 10 miles from President George W Bush's Crawford ranch, that is, as the crow flies. Clifton was designated by the state legislature as the Norwegian Capital of Texas and is extremely proud of its Norwegian heritage. Annually on the first weekend of December, the community hosts Norwegian Country Christmas, which is packed with many events and activities, the showcase of which is the open house of several of the historic and other community homes and historic churches. Lutefisk supper served at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in the Norse community is always a sold out event. Norwegian luncheon served at the Clifton Civic Center is also usually sold out. So, if possible, plan ahead to ensure exposure to the entire Nordic experience. Uff da, y'all (loose translation: sensory overload Texas style)!

Clifton has also been designated as one of the top 100 arts communities in the country. There are several resident artists, art galleries, and an art conservatory. The artists include two who are members of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America, Martin Grelle and Bruce Greene. George Boutwell, Official Texas State Artist for 2006, also calls Clifton home. Many other artists live in and around Clifton. The Clifton Conservatory houses an art museum, offers many classes, and has a community Tin Building Theater. A beautiful statue of cowboy and horse by Bruce Greene graces Heritage Park commemorating the community's frontier heritage. The Bosque Memorial Museum located in Clifton is a gem, exposing the visitor to glimpses of a rugged past.

For other places with the same name, see Clifton (disambiguation).
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From LoveToKnow 1911

CLIFTON, a suburb and residential district of Bristol, England, adjoining it on the west; m. W. of London by the Great Western railway. The river Avon here runs in a gorge, followed closely by a railway on either side, and having several quarries, which have in a measure spoiled the beauty of its hanging woods. At a height of 245 ft. above high water Isambard Brunei's famous suspension bridge bestrides this gorge. It was begun in 1832 and completed in 1864. It has a span of ft., and its total weight is 1500 tons, and it is calculated to bear a burden of 9 tons per sq. in. The long famous hot springs of Clifton, to which, in fact, the town was indebted for its rise, issue from an aperture at the foot of St Vincent's Rock, in the portion of Clifton known as Hotwells. The water has a temperature of about 76° F. A hydropathic establishment is attached to them. Immediately above the suspension bridge the Clifton Rocks railway ascends from the quays by the river-side to the heights above. The Clifton and Durdham Downs (both on the Gloucestershire side of the river), form the principal pleasuregrounds of Bristol. They lie high above the river, extend for some 5000 acres, and command a beautiful prospect over the city, with its picturesque irregular site and many towers, and over the surrounding well-wooded country.

Three ancient British earthworks bear witness to an early settlement on the spot, and a church was in existence as far back as the time of Henry II., when it was bestowed by William de Clyf ton on the abbot of the Austin canons in Bristol; but there are no longer any architectural vestiges of an earlier date than the 18th century. Clifton gives name to a Roman Catholic bishopric. Of the churches the most important are St Andrew's parish church; All Saints, erected in 1863 after the designs of G. E. Street, and remarkable for the width of its nave and the narrowness of its aisles; and the Roman Catholic pro-cathedral church of the Holy Apostles, with a convent and schools attached. Clifton College, a cluster of buildings in Gothic style, was founded in by a limited liability company, and takes rank among the principal modern English public schools. Down the river from Clifton is Shirehampton, a favourite resort from Bristol.


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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Etymology

Literally meaning a town near a cliff.

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Clifton

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Clifton ( plural Cliftons )

  1. Any of several places in England, especially a suburb of Bristol, England.
  2. An English habitational surname for someone who lived in a town of this name.

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