Last name origins & meanings:
- English: regional name from the district around Middlesbrough
named Cleveland ‘the land of the cliffs’, from the genitive plural
(clifa) of Old English clif ‘bank’, ‘slope’ +
- Americanized spelling of Norwegian
Kleiveland or Kleveland, habitational names from any of
five farmsteads in Agder and Vestlandet named with Old Norse
kleif ‘rocky ascent’ or klefi ‘closet’ (an allusion to a
hollow land formation) + land ‘land’.
- Grover Cleveland (1837–1908), 22nd and 24th president of the
U.S., was the fifth child of a country Presbyterian clergyman. His
father, Richard Falley Cleveland, a graduate of Yale College and of
the theological seminary at Princeton, was descended from a certain
Moses Cleaveland who arrived in MA in 1635.
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