Meaning and Name Origin
Clive \c-li-ve\ as a boys' 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.
Clive has 1 feminine form: Cleva.
Clive is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#44242 out of 88799, Top 50%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Clive and associated names. Cleve and Cliff are the prominent variation forms of Clive (#unlisted) rated in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Cleve and Cliff becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)