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The saga of the name Cleaver follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a person who worked with wood. The surname is derived from the Old English word cleofan which means to cleave or split.

Cleaver Early Origins



The surname Cleaver was 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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Cleaver Spelling Variations


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Cleaver Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cleaver were recorded, including Cleever, Cleaver, Clever, Kleever, Kleaver, Cleevar, Cleavar, Cliver, Cleiver, Clivar, Cleevor, Clearvor, Cleevare, Clevenger, Kleevare, Cleavare, Kleavare and many more.

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Cleaver Early History


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Cleaver Early History



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

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Cleaver Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cleaver Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cleaver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cleaver family emigrate to North America:

Cleaver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Phillipp Cleaver, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Tho Cleaver, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Henry Cleaver who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants

Cleaver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Cleaver settled in New England in 1744
  • Charles Cleaver, who arrived in America in 1744
  • James Cleaver, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Edward Cleaver, who came to America in 1759
  • Thomas Cleaver settled in Maryland in 1775

Cleaver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Cleaver, aged 27, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Mary Cleaver, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Ann Cleaver, aged 5 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Ann Cleaver, aged 5 months, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Charles Cleaver, aged 19, a painter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cleaver (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cleaver (post 1700)



  • Kathleen Neal Cleaver (b. 1945), American professor of law
  • Gerald Cleaver (b. 1963), African-American jazz drummer
  • Emanuel Cleaver II (b. 1944), United Methodist pastor and the U.S. Representative for Missouri
  • William Cleaver (1742-1815), English churchman and academic, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford
  • Christopher William "Chris" Cleaver (b. 1979), English football midfielder
  • Nicholas Cleaver, Australian freestyle skier who represented Australia in the Winter Olympics, in 1992 and 1994
  • Naomi Cleaver (b. 1967), British design consultant and interior designer
  • Sir Anthony Brian Cleaver (b. 1938), British Chief Executive and Chairman of IBM UK
  • Leonard Harry Cleaver (1909-1993), British Conservative politician
  • Squadron Leader Gordon Neil Spencer "Mouse" Cleaver DFC RAF, British World War II Royal Air Force fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cleaver Historic Events


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Cleaver Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Alice Catherine Cleaver, aged 22, English First Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 11

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Suggested Readings for the name Cleaver


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Suggested Readings for the name Cleaver



  • A Fair and Happy Land (a Genealogy including the Cleaver Family) by William A. Owens.

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Cleaver Family Crest Products


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Cleaver Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Cleaver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cleaver 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 23 October 2016 at 21:29.

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