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What does Clove mean?

Clove Pronunciation of Clove [clove] as a girls' name is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Clove is "nail". Botanical name: the spice (compare Cinnamon) that comes from the Latin word "clavus" meaning "nail", which the clove flower resembles. Also used as a short form of Clover.

Affiliated girl name: Anise.

Associated with: botanical (tree), flower.


1 alternative form via Cinnamon, Clover: Clova.

Creative forms:
(female) Clone, Clore, ..

(male) Clone, Close, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clove Kensley (C.K.), ..

How popular is Clove?

Clove is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#109328 out of 150436, Top 73%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Clove (not ranked) are Clover (#1319 from recent data) and Cinnamon. These forms of Clove are at the apex of their popularity today. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cinnamon, Clover in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clove and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Chloe, Chloee, Clare, Cleone, Cleva, Clo, Cloe, Cloey, Clora, Coe, Cole, Dove, Love, Olive and Tove. These names tend to be more frequently used than Clove.