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Gender: M Meaning of Clive: "lives near a high cliff" Origin of Clive: English

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Clive used to be stereotyped as a clipped British name in a pith helmet and pencil-thin moustache, as in English military hero Clive of India--but this image has been turned on its ear by hunky Clive Owen.

William Makepeace Thackeray did a lot to launch this as a first name via his novel The Newcomes with Clive Newcombe being the hero--most likely inspired by the exploits of General Robert Clive, essentially the founder of British India.

Two other notable modern day Clives are writers Barker and Cussler.

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Famous People Named Clive

Clive Owen, English actor
Clive Staples "C.S." Lewis, Irish-English novelist and scholar
Clive Granger, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics

Pop Culture References for the Name Clive

Clive O'Brian, character in the video game Resident Evil: Revelations

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