Mehitable Clifford

Female9 July 1686–1694

Brief Life History of Mehitable

When Mehitable Clifford was born on 9 July 1686, in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America, her father, Israel Clifford Sr, was 39 and her mother, Ann Smith, was 23. She died in 1694, in her hometown, at the age of 8.

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Israel Clifford Sr
Ann Smith
Anne Clifford
Israel Clifford Jr
John Clifford
Mehitable Clifford
Samuel Clifford
Sarah Clifford
Isaac Clifford Sr
Richard Clifford Sr

Sources (3)

  • Mehetabel Clifford, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"
  • American Ancestors - Databases
  • Mehetabel Clifford, "New Hampshire, Births and Christenings, 1714-1904"

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Name Meaning

English and Irish: habitational name from any of various places called Clifford in Devon, Gloucestershire, and Yorkshire, and in particular Herefordshire. The placename is derived from Old English clif ‘slope’ + ford ‘ford’.

Irish: adoption of the name in 1 above as Anglicization of several Irish names, especially Ó Clúmháin ‘descendant of Clúmhán’, which was the surname of an ecclesiastical family in Sligo and can be traced back to the 12th century. The personal name meant ‘little hairy one’, a diminutive of Irish clúmach ‘hairy’, from clúmh ‘feathers, plumage, down; hair or fur’. Clifford was also adopted for Coleman and in Fermanagh for Crifferty, Clifferty, and Cliffordy, which are Anglicized forms of Mac Raibheartaigh (compare Rafferty ).

History: A powerful Anglo-Norman family of this name in England and Ireland trace their descent from Walter de Clifford, who took the name from Clifford (Castle) in Herefordshire in the 12th century, after acquiring the Clifford barony by marriage.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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