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.
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).