Cleve Family History
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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