Kleve Family History
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Kleve Name Meaning
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 3. Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Kleiva, from Old Norse kleif, klif ‘cliff’, ‘rocky ascent with a road or path’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Kleven, Cleve, Klever, Klee, Klepp, Lever, Kleber, Clive, Glave