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What does Clive mean?

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.


Clive has 3 variants: Cleavon, Cleve and Clyve.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Cliff.

Clive has 1 feminine form: Cleva.


Clive is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#66878 out of 150436, Top 44%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Cleve and Cliff are the prominent variation forms of Clive (#unlisted). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.587%) and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Cleve and Cliff becoming less in vogue. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Clive and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

Clive is alike in pronunciation to Cleeve. Another suggested similar baby name is Cliffe. Like Clive, these names are not frequently used.