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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.
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  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.

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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.

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

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

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June Cleaver is a fictional character.

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Ward Cleaver is a white-collar worker.

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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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