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The surname Cleaver was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Claver, Clavver, Claverr, Clavers, Clavere, Chlaver, Clavar, Clevar, Clavier, Cleaver, Claever and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleaver research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cleaver History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Naomi Cleaver (b. 1967), British design consultant and interior designer
  • Nicholas Cleaver, Australian freestyle skier who represented Australia in the Winter Olympics, in 1992 and 1994
  • 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
  • Euseby Cleaver (1746-1819), Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin (1789 to 1809), Archbishop of Dublin (1809 to 1819)

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  • A Fair and Happy Land (a Genealogy including the Cleaver Family) by William A. Owens.
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  1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München: 1975. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  5. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  8. Jameson, John Franklin. Narratives of New Netherland 1609-1664. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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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.

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