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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.


Clive has 3 variants: Cleavon, Cleve and Clyve.

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)

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.