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

The name Clive is a boy's name of English origin meaning "lives near a high cliff". Clive and is often added to lists like Boy Names That Mean Life and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

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, Northern Irish novelist
Clive William John Granger, Welsh economist and Nobel Prize winner
Clive Eric Cussler, American novelist
Clive Barker, English novelist
Clive Davis, American record producer and executive
(Arthur) Clive Heward Bell, English art critic
Clive Ronald Burr, drummer of English band Iron Maiden
Clive Rush, American NFL football coach
Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn, English actor
Clive James Standen, English actor
Clive John "Benji" Webbe, British singer of bands Skindred and Dub War
Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive aka Clive of India, British officer, founder of the East India Company

Pop Culture References for the name Clive

Clive Newcombe, character in William Thackeray's "The Newcombes"
Clive O'Brian, character in the video game Resident Evil: Revelations
Clive Yorkin, character on TV's "The Flash"
Clive Babineaux, character on Tv show "iZombie"
Clive Dove, character in the game "Professor Layton and the Lost Future"

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headintheclouds Says:


Clive is a clipped, simple and sophisticated, perfect for those who want strong handsome to-the-point names like Grant, Dean, Clark. I've always associated this prim-and-proper buttoned-up name with a British James-Bond-like dapper brown-haired man in his forties- basically Clive Owen, I guess. It also sounds like the name of a herb to me, I think because of it looks similar to chives.

Catastroffy Says:


I quite like this name, although I wouldn't say it was a favourite of mine.