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 Family Origin

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Cleaver Family Occupations

What did your Cleaver ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Cleaver Historical Records

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Cleaver Life Expectancy

What is the average Cleaver lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, 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.

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