Cleaver Family History

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Cleaver Name Meaning

English: from Middle English clevere ‘one who cleaves’ (a derivative of Old English cleofan ‘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. English: topographic name from Middle English cleve ‘bank’, ‘slope’ (from the dative of Old English clif) + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant. Americanized spelling of German Kliewer or Klüver (see Kluver).

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

Similar surnames: Weaver, Leader, Lever, Creamer, Beaver, Laver, Cleve, Klever, Cleaves

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Cleaver Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cleaver name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cleaver. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Cleaver Family Origin

Where is the Cleaver family from?

Cleaver Family Occupations

What did your Cleaver ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Cleaver occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Cleaver's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cleaver family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cleaver.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cleaver ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cleaver Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 76,000 census records available for the last name Cleaver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cleaver census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Cleaver. 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 Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Cleaver. For the veterans among your Cleaver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cleaver Life Expectancy

What is the average Cleaver lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cleaver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1959. The average life expectancy for Cleaver in 1945 was 29, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cleaver

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cleaver ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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