Meaning and Origin of Cleve - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Cleve

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Boy name origins & meanings:

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

Family name origins & meanings:

  • 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.