What does Cleve mean?
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.
Cleve▼ has 1 variant: Clyve.
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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.