Origins Available: English
The ancestry of the name Cleber can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person who worked with wood. The surname is derived from the Old English word cleofan
which means to cleave or split.
Early Origins of the Cleber family
The surname Cleber was first found in Norfolk
where some say they held a family seat
well before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cleber family
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Cleber Spelling Variations
Cleber has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cleber have been found, including Cleever, Cleaver, Clever, Kleever, Kleaver, Cleevar, Cleavar, Cliver, Cleiver, Clivar, Cleevor, Clearvor, Cleevare, Clevenger, Kleevare, Cleavare, Kleavare and many more.
Early Notables of the Cleber family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cleber family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Clebers to arrive on North American shores: Henry Cleaver who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Thomas Cleaver settled in Maryland in 1775; Charles Cleaver settled in New England