Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Middle English clevere ‘one who cleaves’
(a derivative of Old English clēofan ‘to split’), hence an
occupational name for someone who split wood into planks using a wedge
rather than a saw, or possibly for a butcher.
- English: topographic
name from Middle English cleve ‘bank’, ‘slope’ (from the dative
of Old English clif) + the suffix -er, denoting an
- Americanized spelling of German Kliewer
or Klüver (see Kluver).
This name appears in the following lists:
Black History/Civil Rights Leaders
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