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Cleaveland Name Meaning

English (Kent and Middlesex): variant of Cleveland . Americanized form of Norwegian Kleiveland or its variant Kleveland .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cleveland, Leavens, Leyland, Loveland, Cleavenger, Leavell, Langland

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Where is the Cleaveland family from?

You can see how Cleaveland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cleaveland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cleaveland families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Cleaveland families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Cleaveland's in USA. New York had the highest population of Cleaveland families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cleaveland surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cleaveland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cleaveland. 23% of Cleaveland men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Cleaveland women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cleaveland were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 569 immigration records available for the last name Cleaveland. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Cleaveland. For the veterans among your Cleaveland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cleaveland lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Cleaveland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cleaveland in 1953 was 50, and 79 in 2004.

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