The name Cliver comes from one of the family having worked as 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 Cliver family
The surname Cliver 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 Cliver family
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Cliver Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cliver 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 Cliver family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cliver family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Cliver, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Henry Cleaver who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Thomas Cleaver settled in Maryland in 1775; Charles Cleaver settled in New England