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Cleveland Family History

Cleveland Name Meaning
English: regional name from the district around Middlesbrough named Cleveland ‘the land of the cliffs’, from the genitive plural (clifa) of Old English clif ‘bank’, ‘slope’ + land ‘land’. adm See also Cleaveland.Americanized spelling of Norwegian Kleiveland or Kleveland, habitational names from any of five farmsteads in Agder and Vestlandet named with Old Norse kleif ‘rocky ascent’ or klefi ‘closet’ (an allusion to a hollow land formation) + land ‘land’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Cleveland Families

  • Number of Cleveland families
     222 - 441
     75 - 221
     1 - 74
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cleveland families
     64 - 126
     22 - 63
     1 - 21
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Cleveland last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cleveland Family Origin

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Cleveland Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Cleveland

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Cleveland Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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