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The surname Clive is derived from the Old English word "clif," which means cliff, rock, or steep descent. It is thought to have been a name used for someone who lived near a sloping cliff or the bank of a river. As such, the surname Clive belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Clive Early Origins



The surname Clive was first found in Shropshire and Cheshire. The latter county "in the hundred of Northwich, is Clive, from whence their ancestor Warin assumed his name in the time of Henry II. About the reign of Edward II the family removed to Huxley, also in Cheshire, Henry de Clive having married the co-heiress. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The Shropshire branch claim descent from the village and civil parish so named. "James Clive with the heiress of Styche, of Styche, they settled in Shropshire at that place, which is in the parish of Moreton-Say, and has remained uninterruptedly in the Clive family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive, KB MP FRS (1725-1774), was born in the parish at Styche Hall and is buried in the church at Moreton Say.

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Clive Spelling Variations


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Clive Spelling Variations



Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. The most obvious reason was the challenge of translating from Welsh into English. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Clive name over the years has been spelled Cliffe, Cliff, Clive, Cleeves, Cleave, Cleaves and many more.

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Clive Early History


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Clive Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clive research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1725, 1774 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Clive History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clive Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clive Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Clive 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



Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Clive:

Clive Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Imo Clive, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Clive Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Clive arrived in Baltimore Maryland in 1823

Clive Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Clive, aged 50, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Mary Clive, aged 50, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clive (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clive (post 1700)



  • Edward E. Clive (1879-1940), Welsh actor from Monmouthshire who appeared in over 95 features
  • Lieutenant-General Sir George Sidney Clive GCVO KCB, CMG, DSO (1874-1959), British Army officer, Military Secretary
  • George Clive DL JP (1805-1880), British barrister, magistrate and Liberal politician
  • George Clive (b. 1779), British politician
  • Caroline Wigley Clive (1801-1872), English writer who used the pseudonym "V"
  • Colin Clive (1900-1937), English stage and screen actor best remembered for his portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  • John Clive (1933-2012), English author and actor from North London, best known for his roles in the Carry On series, Yellow Submarine, The Pink Panther Strikes Again and A Clockwork Orange
  • Nigel Clive, Middle East Advisor
  • Catherine "Kitty" Clive (1711-1785), English comic actress
  • Lord Robert Clive of Plassey (1725-1774), 1st Baron Clive, known as Clive of India, English soldier and colonial administrator

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Clive Historic Events


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Clive Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Alfred Walter Clive (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from Cottesloe, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In cruce glorior
Motto Translation: I glory in the cross.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. 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).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Clive Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clive 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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