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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cleve

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Wiktionary

From Middle English cleve, from Old English cleofa, cleafa (“that which is cloven, a cleft, chasm, cave, den, lair, cell, chamber, cellar, apartment”), from Proto-Germanic *klebô (“chamber, cell”), from Proto-Indo-European *gleubh- (“to cut, cleave, split, divide”). Cognate with Old Norse klefi (“a closet, sleeping closet, bedroom”) (whence Icelandic klefi (“cell, compartment”)). Related to cleave.

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) A room; chamber.
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal) A cottage.

Notable Persons Named Cleve

Cleve was born on October 11th, 1954 in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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John Crawford was an actor. His career lasted from 1944 to 1986. John was given the name Cleve Allen Richardson on September 13th, 1920 in Colfax, Washington. John is also known as Richardson and Cleve. He passed away on September 21st, 2010.

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Cleve Barry Moler is a scientist in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Cleve was born on August 17th, 1939.

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Cleve Backster was an interrogation specialist. Cleve was given the name Grover Cleveland Backster, Jr. on February 27th, 1924 in Lafayette Township, New Jersey. He died on June 24th, 2013.

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Cleve was born in 1959.

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Cleve Gray was a in the field of abstract expressionism. Cleve was born on September 22nd, 1918 in New York City. He breathed his last breath on December 8th, 2004.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cleve

Patricia was given the name Patricia Van Cleve by her parents Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst on June 8th, 1919 in near Paris, France. Patricia is also known as Patricia Van Cleve Lake and Patricia Van Cleeve Lake. She breathed her last breath on October 3rd, 1993.

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Joos was born in 1485. Joos is also known as van der Beke and Joos. He breathed his last breath in 1540.

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Scott was born on July 22nd, 1982 in Long Beach, California, United States.

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Per Teodor Cleve was a scientist in the fields of chemistry and geology. Per was born on February 10th, 1840 in Stockholm, Sweden. He breathed his last breath on June 18th, 1905.

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Marten was born in 1520 in Antwerp. He passed away in 1570.

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He left this life in 1590.

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How popular is the baby name Cleve in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 13 0 13
1883 12 0 12
1884 65 0 65
1885 69 0 69
1886 36 0 36
1887 34 0 34
1888 44 0 44
1889 22 0 22
1890 18 0 18
1891 24 0 24
1892 35 0 35
1893 28 0 28
1894 26 0 26
1895 16 0 16
1896 17 0 17
1897 25 0 25
1898 16 0 16
1899 14 0 14
1900 16 0 16
1901 12 0 12
1902 16 0 16
1903 15 0 15
1904 14 0 14
1905 16 0 16
1906 18 0 18
1907 24 0 24
1908 19 0 19
1909 21 0 21
1910 30 0 30
1911 23 0 23
1912 41 0 41
1913 30 0 30
1914 57 0 57
1915 62 0 62
1916 62 0 62
1917 61 0 61
1918 67 6 61
1919 57 0 57
1920 65 0 65
1921 61 0 61
1922 63 0 63
1923 52 0 52
1924 55 0 55
1925 56 6 50
1926 54 0 54
1927 52 0 52
1928 70 6 64
1929 52 0 52
1930 52 5 47
1931 44 0 44
1932 53 0 53
1933 57 0 57
1934 61 0 61
1935 50 0 50
1936 53 0 53
1937 38 0 38
1938 51 0 51
1939 43 0 43
1940 39 0 39
1941 38 0 38
1942 53 0 53
1943 56 0 56
1944 49 0 49
1945 45 0 45
1946 47 0 47
1947 80 0 80
1948 78 0 78
1949 68 0 68
1950 64 0 64
1951 83 0 83
1952 73 0 73
1953 69 0 69
1954 79 0 79
1955 67 0 67
1956 63 0 63
1957 55 0 55
1958 61 0 61
1959 67 0 67
1960 47 0 47
1961 53 0 53
1962 51 0 51
1963 44 0 44
1964 36 0 36
1965 34 0 34
1966 40 0 40
1967 31 0 31
1968 28 0 28
1969 36 0 36
1970 34 0 34
1971 33 0 33
1972 42 0 42
1973 24 0 24
1974 28 0 28
1975 21 0 21
1976 26 0 26
1977 38 0 38
1978 29 0 29
1979 19 0 19
1980 34 0 34
1981 18 0 18
1982 16 0 16
1983 23 0 23
1984 22 0 22
1985 16 0 16
1986 13 0 13
1987 11 0 11
1988 15 0 15
1989 17 0 17
1990 13 0 13
1991 24 0 24
1992 18 0 18
1993 10 0 10
1994 11 0 11
1995 8 0 8
1996 8 0 8
1997 5 0 5
1999 7 0 7
2000 7 0 7
2003 5 0 5
2004 5 0 5
2005 5 0 5
2006 5 0 5
2007 8 0 8
2009 9 0 9
2010 5 0 5
2013 5 0 5

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Popularity of Cleve as a first name

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Popularity of Cleve as a last name

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Common last names for Cleve

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Davis
  • Robinson
  • Young
  • Allen

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cleve U.S.
  White 79.66% 64.26%
  African American 14.58% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cleve

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

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Fun Facts about the name Cleve

  • How Popular is the name Cleve? Cleve is the 4,015th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cleve was the 66,931st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cleve have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,528 babies born with the first name Cleve in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cleve to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cleve? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Cleve first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cleve is Monday, September 22nd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Cleve born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cleve was in 1951 with a total of 83 babies.
  • Random Cleve Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cleve is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Cleve: Your name in reverse order is Evelc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vecle. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cleve? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 295 people with the last name Cleve.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cleve? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cleve as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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