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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cleaver

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cleav"er
One who cleaves, or that which cleaves; especially, a butcher's instrument for cutting animal bodies into joints or pieces.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A butcher's knife having a large square blade
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Notable Persons Named Cleaver

Cleaver Bunton was a member of parliament. He was most active from 1975 to 1975. Cleaver was born on May 5th, 1902 in Albury. He breathed his last breath on January 20th, 1999.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver was a writer and political activist. Eldridge was given the name Leroy Eldridge Cleaver on August 31st, 1935 in Wabbaseka, Arkansas. He breathed his last breath on May 1st, 1998.


Emanuel Cleaver is a 51st Mayor of Kansas City. Emanuel was born on October 26th, 1944 in Waxahachie, Texas.


Kathleen was given the name Kathleen Neal on May 13th, 1945.


June Cleaver is a fictional character.


Ward Cleaver is a white-collar worker.


Sue Cleaver is an actress and actor. Sue was born Sue Cleaver on September 2nd, 1963 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.


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Popularity of Cleaver as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cleaver U.S.
  White 84.28% 64.26%
  African American 10.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.71% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.75% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.13% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cleaver

People with the last name Cleaver are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cleaver

  • How Popular is the name Cleaver? As a last name Cleaver was the 7,387th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Cleaver first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cleaver is Tuesday, June 27th, 1876.
  • How unique is the name Cleaver? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cleaver. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cleaver: Your name in reverse order is Revaelc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vlercea. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cleaver? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,509 people with the last name Cleaver.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cleaver? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Cleaver as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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