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Kleve Name Meaning

German: habitational name from Kleve (earlier Cleve) in Rhineland. The place name probably derives from an old topographic term cleve ‘swamp’. variant of Klever 2 and 3. Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Kleiva, from Old Norse kleif, klif ‘cliff’, ‘rocky ascent with a road or path’.

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


Similar surnames: Kleven, Cleve, Klever, Klee, Klepp, Lever, Kleber, Clive, Glave

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Where is the Kleve family from?

You can see how Kleve families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kleve family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Kleve families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 9 Kleve families living in Iowa. This was about 35% of all the recorded Kleve's in the USA. Iowa had the highest population of Kleve families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kleve surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kleve ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kleve. 41% of Kleve men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Kleve women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kleve were Machinist 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
    41%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Farm Laborer
    15%
  • Machinist
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    60%
  • Teacher
    40%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kleve. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kleve 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 567 immigration records available for the last name Kleve. 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 599 military records available for the last name Kleve. For the veterans among your Kleve ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kleve lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2003, in the United States, Kleve life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Kleve in 1952 was 45, and 82 in 2003.

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