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Meaning and name origin

Clive \c-li-ve\ as a boy's name is pronounced kleeve, klyve. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Clive is "cliff, slope". Surname and place name. Robert Clive was a famous English soldier known for his exploits in India. Thackeray used it as a first name in an 1855 novel. Critic Clive Barnes; author Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis.

Clive has 3 variant forms: Cleavon, Cleve and Clyve.

For more information, see also the related boy name Cliff.

There is 1 feminine form of Clive: Cleva.


Clive is not a popular first name for males but a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#44242 out of 88799, Top 50%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Clive and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cliff and Cleve. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cliff, Cleve in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Clive is also pronounced similarly to Cleeve. Another suggested similar baby name is Cliffe. Like Clive, these names are not commonly used.