The van Cleef/Kleef Family
from Kleve (Cleves),
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
c.1649


  • The "fishy" family crest above is of Dutch origin.
  • The name Kleve probably derives from the word cliff (German "Kliff"), referring to the promontory upon which the Schwanenburg was constructed. However, the city's coat of arms displays three clover leaves, (German "Klee") which is comparable to the pronunciation of Kleve in the Low Rhenish dialect and in Dutch, "Kleef". Interestingly, Kleve was spelled with a "C" throughout its history until spelling reforms introduced in the 1930s required that the name be spelled with a "K". As of 2008, the CDU announced ambitions to return the name to its original spelling.
  • The family surname is spelled both Cleef and Kleef as well as a variation with double 'f'.


  • Coat of Arms of Kleve
     





         

    13th. Generation
     
    Jochem Nechemya KLEEF
    8th. Great Grandfather
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    est. 1649
    probably Kleve
    17 Apr 1702 by drowning
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    30 Nisan 5462 (28 Apr 1702 )
    Muiderberg Cemetery, Amsterdam
    Nechemya Kleef; he drowned
     
    unknown KLEEF
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    est. 1674
     
     

    unknown
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    est. 1653
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Children:
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      1. Meyer 'Jochem Nechemya' CLEEFmarried
        • Duifje 'Jonas' COHEN

      2. Liepman 'Jochem Nechemya' KLEEF married
        • Reijna Malka 'Joseph'

      3. Jochem Nechemya 'Jochem Nechemya' KLEEF married
        • Reijna 'Salomon'
     

    • Ashkenazi Amsterdam in the Eighteenth Century
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    12th. Generation
     
    Meyer 'Jochem Nechemya' CLEEF
    7th. Great Grandfather
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    est. 1675
     
    Jan 1742
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    09 Shevat 5502 (14 Jan 1742 )
    Zeeburg Cemetery, Amsterdam
    Meyer ben Nechemya Kleef
     
    Jochem Nechemya KLEEF
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    est. 1700
     
     

    Duifje 'Jonas' COHEN
    7th. Great Grandmother
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    est. 1679
     
    Apr 1748
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    28 Nissan 5508 (26 Apr 1748 )
    Zeeburg Cemetery, Amsterdam
    wife of Meyer ben Nechemya Kleef
     
    Jonas Jom-Tov 'Gerson' COHEN
    Marianne Mirjam 'Sagmans Sjachmans'
     

    Children:
    6GGF/U
      1. Jonas Jom-Tov 'Meyer' van CLEEF married
        • Esther 'Joseph' LEVIE

      2. Jochem Nechemya 'Meyer' van CLEEFmarried
        • Johanna 'Meijer' WEISNA

      3. Isaac Joel 'Meyer' van CLEEF CHAZIR married
        • Franca Breinche 'Nathan'

      4. Bele 'Meyer' van CLEEF married
        • Samson 'Israel' COHEN

      5. Zacharias Shachna 'Meyer' van CLEEF married
        • Rachel 'Abraham' EZUS

      6. Judith 'Meyer' van CLEEF married
        • Abraham 'Moses' ALTE

      7. Joseph 'Meyer' van CLEEF CHAZIR
        • married Johanna 'Barend'

      8. Gerrit 'Meyer' van CLEEF married
        • Branca Betje Pessie 'Emanuel'
     



    11th. Generation
     
    Jonas Jom-Tov 'Meyer' van CLEEF
    6GGU
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    1701
     
    Dec 1760/Jan 1761
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    26 Teveth 5521 (01 Jan 1761)
    Zeeburg Cemetery, Amsterdam
    Meyer ben Nechemya Kleef
     
    Meyer 'Jochem Nechemya' KLEEF
    Duifje 'Jonas' COHEN
     

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    Oct 1724
     

    (TiM 714-330)

    Esther 'Joseph' LEVIE
     
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    1698
     
    Apr 1771
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    07 Ijar 5531 (21 Apr 1771)
    Zeeburg Cemetery, Amsterdam
    wife of Jom Tov ben Meyer Kleef
     
    Joseph Juzpe Samuel SCHMALKALEN LEVIE
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    Children:
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      1. Marianne Mirjam 'Jonas Nechemya' van CLEEF married
      2. Jochem Nechemya 'Jonas Jom-Tov' van CLEEF
          Born: 13 Apr 1740, Amsterdam

      3. Eva Jachet 'Jonas Jom-Tov' van CLEEF married
        • Jacob 'Isaac' van GELDER

      4. Benjamin Wolf 'Jonas Jom-Tov' van CLEEF married
        • Sarah 'Joseph' de WOLF
     

    • Marriage Notice:




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    Jochem Nechemya 'Meyer' van CLEEF
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    1704
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    28 Oct 1778
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    07 Cheshvan 5539 (28 Oct 1778)
    Zeeburg Cemetery, Amsterdam
    Meyer ben Nechemya Kleef
     
    Meyer 'Jochem Nechemya' KLEEF
    Duifje 'Jonas' COHEN
     

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    1729
     

    (TiM 717-166)

    Johanna 'Meijer'
    6th. Great Grandmother
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    1705
     
    09 Jul 1777
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    04 Tamuz 5537 (10 July 1777)
    Zeeburg Cemetery, Amsterdam
    wife of Nechemya ben Meyer Kleef
     
    Meijer 'Moses'
    Vrouwtje Freidche 'Moses' WEISNA
     

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    Next Generation


    To be continued ...................



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