Of English origin.

It was used as a surname which meant “cliff” in Old English, suggesting someone who lived near a cliff.

Famous bearers are Clive Owen, Clive Standen, Clive Davis, Clive Burr, Clive Merrison, Clive Barker, Clive Robertson.

English actor Clive Owen has received critical acclaimed for most of his performances in films such as “Closer”, “Children of Men”, “Inside Men”.

He won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and an Academy Award nomination for his role in 2004 drama “Closer”.