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

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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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.