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The CLEAVER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,476 6915 0.002 17
United States (1880 census) 1,474 3901 0.003 29
Change since 1880 +3002 -3014 -0.001 -12
Other Countries
Australia 717 2256 0.004 44
United Kingdom 3,391 1841 0.007 74
Top States for CLEAVER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 519 3082 0.004 42
Texas 423 5113 0.002 20
California 346 8125 0.001 10
Florida 231 8520 0.001 14
Michigan 186 6912 0.002 19
Top States for CLEAVER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 83 1773 0.011 106
Pennsylvania 519 3082 0.004 42
Arkansas 98 3495 0.004 37
Oregon 123 3703 0.004 36
Iowa 99 4529 0.003 34


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called CLEAVER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called CLEAVER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called CLEAVER in Pennsylvania than any other state, but you are more likely to find a CLEAVER by picking someone at random in Delaware than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of CLEAVER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CLEAVER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the CLEAVER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CLEAVER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 425 9.5
Mixed Race 58 1.3
White (Hispanic) 58 1.3
Asian/Pacific 30 0.67
Native American/Alaskan 21 0.47
White (Caucasian) 3,884 86.77

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the CLEAVER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of CLEAVER in historical publications

(origin: English) one who cleaves; a dweller on a cleave or cliff.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

CLEAVER. One who cleaves wood. In forest districts, lath-cleaving is still a distinct occupation.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to CLEAVER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CLEAVER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for CLEAVER

The following words are slight variants of CLEAVER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.