Meaning and Origin of: Cleve

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Faithful; dog; bold
  • Old English : Land near the hill

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from any of the numerous minor places, for example in Devon, Gloucestershire, and Oxfordshire, named Cleeve or Cleve ‘(place) at the cliff’, from the dative case clife of Old English clif ‘slope’, ‘cliff’. Compare Cliff.
  • Americanized spelling of Kleve.