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


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

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.


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.


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


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


  • Emanuel Cleaver II (b. 1944), United Methodist pastor and the U.S. Representative for Missouri
  • Gerald Cleaver (b. 1963), African-American jazz drummer
  • Kathleen Neal Cleaver (b. 1945), American professor of law
  • Christopher William "Chris" Cleaver (b. 1979), English football midfielder
  • Gerald B. Cleaver, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Baylor University
  • Harry Cleaver (b. 1944), Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Texas
  • William "Billy" Cleaver (1921-2003), Welsh international rugby player
  • Richard Cleaver AM, CBE (1917-2006), Australian politician
  • William Cleaver (1742-1815), English churchman and academic, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford
  • Hughes Cleaver (1892-1980), Canadian politician, Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons



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

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  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Großes Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. 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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