Clinton \c-lin-ton, cl(i)-nton\ as a boy's name is pronounced KLIN-ten. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Clinton is "fenced settlement". Surname and place name from Glympton in Oxfordshire or Glinton in Northants. An illustrious 18th-century governor of New York, De Witt Clinton, left his name on many New York City locations. American President Bill Clinton; actor Clint Eastwood; singer Clint Black.