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Clive Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Shropshire and Cheshire, named Clive, from the dative case of Old English clif ‘slope’, ‘bank’, ‘cliff’ (see Cliff), originally used after a preposition. In some cases the name may be topographical, with the same origin and meaning.

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


Similar surnames: Cleve, Clare, Love, Cove, Clee, Cave, Line, Clines, Oliva, Clyne

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Where is the Clive family from?

You can see how Clive families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clive family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clive families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Clive family living in Kentucky. This was about 50% of all the recorded Clive's in the USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Clive families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Clive surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Clive ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clive. 21% of Clive men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Clive women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clive were New Worker and Teacher.

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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

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • New Worker
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    19%
  • Housekeeper
    19%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Teacher
    14%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Clive. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clive 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Clive. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Clive. For the veterans among your Clive ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clive lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Clive life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Clive in 1944 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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