Clavel Family History
Clavel Name Meaning
Spanish: from clavel ‘clove’ earlier also ‘nail’ applied as a metonymic occupational name for a spice trader or a nail maker. French: from Old French clavel ‘bolt (of a door or gate)’ or ‘nail link ring (of chain mail)’ used as a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller. Compare Clewell . English (of Norman origin): either from Old French clavel (see 2 above) or a variant of Clayfield a habitational name from Claville or Clasville Seine-Maritime (France).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press