Last name origins & meanings:
- German: habitational name from Kleve (earlier Cleve) in
Rhineland. The place name probably derives from an old topographic
term cleve ‘swamp’.
- variant of Klever 2 and
- Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads
named Kleiva, from Old Norse kleif, klif ‘cliff’, ‘rocky
ascent with a road or path’.
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