Cave Family History
Cave Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin) and northern French: nickname for a bald man, from Anglo-Norman French cauf ‘bald’. Compare Chaffee. English: habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire called Cave, apparently from a river name derived from Old English caf ‘swift’. French: metonymic occupational name for someone employed in or in charge of the wine cellars of a great house, from Old French cave ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (Latin cavea, a derivative of cavus ‘hollow’). French, possibly also English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, from the same word as in 3 in an older sense.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press