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Clive

Heart
English
"lives near a high cliff"

Clive Origin and Meaning

The name Clive is a boy's name of English origin meaning "lives near a high cliff".
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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Clive Popularity

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Lists containing Clive

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Famous People Named Clive

  • Clive OwenEnglish actor
  • Clive Staples "C.S." LewisNorthern Irish novelist
  • Clive William John GrangerWelsh economist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Clive Eric CusslerAmerican novelist
  • Clive BarkerEnglish novelist
  • Clive DavisAmerican record producer and executive
  • (Arthur) Clive Heward BellEnglish art critic
  • Clive Ronald Burrdrummer of English band Iron Maiden
  • Clive RushAmerican NFL football coach
  • Clive Robert Benjamin DunnEnglish actor
  • Clive James StandenEnglish actor
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  • Clive John "Benji" WebbeBritish singer of bands Skindred and Dub War
  • Robert Clive1st Baron Clive aka Clive of India, British officer, founder of the East India Company
  • Clive SwiftEnglish actor & songwriter
  • Clive HornbyEnglish actor and musician
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Clive in Pop Culture

  • Clive Newcombecharacter in William Thackeray's "The Newcombes"
  • Clive O'Briancharacter in the video game Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Clive Yorkincharacter on TV's "The Flash"
  • Clive Babineauxcharacter on Tv show "iZombie"
  • Clive Dovecharacter in the game "Professor Layton and the Lost Future"
  • CliveInvisible friend of Garfield the cat in some Garfield strips
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