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What does Cleve mean?

Cleve Pronunciation of Cleve [cleve] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and Cleve means "land of cliffs; hilly area; cliff, slope". Cleve is a version of Cleveland (Old English): place name. Cleve is also a derivative of Clive (Old English): last name and place name.

Associated with: old english, slope (mountain).


Cleve has 1 variant: Clyve.

3 more alternative forms via Cleveland, Clive: Cleavon, Cleon and Clevon.

1 feminine form: Cleva.

Creative forms:
(male) Clece, Clele, ..

(female) Clece, Clele, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cleve Markus (C.M.), ..

How popular is Cleve?

Cleve is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#63297 out of 150436, Top 42%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Cleve entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #312 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cleve name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cleve outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Clive (#1809 from recent data), Cleveland and Cleon are the prominent related forms of Cleve. Usage of these forms of Cleve was widespread in the 1880s (average #905) and is now much reduced, with forms like Cleveland becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cleve, Cleon, Cleveland, Clive in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cleve is alike in pronunciation to Cleeve. Other suggested similar names are Chevy, Clare, Clem, Cleo, Clerc, Clerk, Clete, Cleto, Clyde, Cree, Crewe, Olave, Reeve, Reve and Steve. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cleve.

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