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Where did the English Clevenger family come from? What is the English Clevenger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clevenger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clevenger family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Clevenger comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who worked with wood. The surname is derived from the Old English word cleofan which means to cleave or split.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clevenger include Cleever, Cleaver, Clever, Kleever, Kleaver, Cleevar, Cleavar, Cliver, Cleiver, Clivar, Cleevor, Clearvor, Cleevare, Clevenger, Kleevare, Cleavare, Kleavare and many more.

First found in Norfolk where some say they held a family seat well before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clevenger research. Another 389 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1332, 1379, and 1790 are included under the topic Early Clevenger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Clevenger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Clevenger or a variant listed above: Henry Cleaver who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Thomas Cleaver settled in Maryland in 1775; Charles Cleaver settled in New England in 1744.

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  • Dale Clevenger, Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1966
  • Craig Clevenger (b. 1964), American author of contemporary fiction
  • Zora G. Clevenger (1881-1970), American football, basketball, and baseball player, coach, and pioneering athletic director
  • Truman Eugene "Tex" Clevenger (b. 1932), former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Cliff Clevenger (1885-1960), United States Representative from Ohio
  • Raymond Charles Clevenger (b. 1937), American jurist on the United States Court of Appeals
  • Steven Scott Clevenger (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Vern Clevenger (b. 1955), noted American climber and landscape photographer
  • Dr. John Clevenger, Professor of Computer Science at California State University


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The Clevenger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clevenger Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 24 October 2013 at 11:05.

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