Cleaver Family History
Cleaver Name Meaning
English (South Midlands and Oxfordshire): from Middle English clevere ‘one who cleaves’ (a derivative of Old English clēofan ‘to split’) hence an occupational name for someone who split wood into planks using a wedge rather than a saw or possibly for a butcher. Alternatively on occasion possibly a topographic name from Middle English cleve ‘bank slope’ (from the dative of Old English clif) + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant. Americanized form of German and Dutch Klever and perhaps also of German Kliewer .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press