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Cleve Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous minor places, for example in Devon, Gloucestershire, and Oxfordshire, named Cleeve or Cleve ‘(place) at the cliff’, from the dative case clife of Old English clif ‘slope’, ‘cliff’. Compare Cliff. Americanized spelling of Kleve.

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


Similar surnames: Clive, Kleve, Clee, Cleven, Clare, Lever, Cove, Cave, Love, Clyne

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Where is the Cleve family from?

You can see how Cleve families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cleve family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cleve families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Cleve family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Cleve's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Cleve families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cleve surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cleve ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cleve. 20% of Cleve men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Cleve women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cleve were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Secretary
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Cleve. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cleve census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Cleve. 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 Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Cleve. For the veterans among your Cleve ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cleve lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Cleve life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Cleve in 1957 was 51, and 82 in 2004.

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