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Cleven Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: habitational name from Kleve in North Rhine-Westphalia. Americanized spelling of Norwegian Kleven.

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

Similar surnames: Leven, Kleven, Cleve, Clasen, Steven, Cleek, Kleve, Clever, Cleaver

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Where is the Cleven family from?

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

What did your Cleven ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cleven. 38% of Cleven men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Cleven women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cleven were Carpenter and Stenographer.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housework
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Cleven. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cleven 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 423 immigration records available for the last name Cleven. 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 480 military records available for the last name Cleven. For the veterans among your Cleven ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cleven lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Cleven life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Cleven in 1962 was 57, and 81 in 2004.

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