Clinton is an English toponymic surname, indicating one's ancestors came from English places called Glympton or Glinton.[1] Clinton has frequently been used as a given name since the late 19th century. Baron Clinton is a title of peerage in England, originally created in 1298.

Notable people with the name Clinton include:

Family of Bill and Hillary ClintonEdit

Family of George ClintonEdit

  • Charles Clinton (1690–1773), French and Indian War colonel, father of James and George Clinton
  • James Clinton (1733–1812), American Revolutionary War general, father of DeWitt Clinton, brother of George Clinton
  • George Clinton (vice president) (1739–1812), first and third Governor of New York, fourth vice president of the United States
  • DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), seventh and ninth governor of New York, son of James and nephew of George Clinton
  • George Clinton Jr. (1771–1809), son of the vice president
  • George W. Clinton (1807–1885), American politician—Buffalo, New York, son of Governor DeWitt Clinton

Family of Sir Henry ClintonEdit

Other notable people with the surnameEdit

People with the given nameEdit

As a given name, it is often shortened informally to Clint.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hanks, P. & Hodges, F. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1988