Your second message on Herbert Clift/Cliff has helped me fill a gap in my database - I couldn't find him in 1881 until I looked for Cliff and found him and family in Newport. From what I can tell at FreeBMD, he was christened Clift.
I have about 300 English Clifts on my database, but lots unlinked. Perhaps we could exchange some information?
My main interest is the line from William Clift of Westbury, Wiltshire, born 24 Sep 1699, son of "Philip of the town". This end of the line, for me, is Lewis Clift, b.1867 in Trowbridge, who was step-father to my grandfather.
I'm happy to share what I have collected, but it is mainly from what is available on-line, and from kind souls who do look-ups.