Last name: CLEAVER

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CLEAVER : This last name is indexed 39,973 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

CLEAVER : 1: English (South Midlands and Oxfordshire): 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. Alternatively on occasion possibly a topographic name from Middle English cleve ‘bank slope’ (from the dative of Old English clif) + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.2: Americanized form of German and Dutch Klever and perhaps also of German Kliewer.

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