Who was Cleveland named after? November 17, 2011 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: American History The city of Cleveland (pop. 573,822) was named for its founder Moses Cleaveland in 1836. The city was once known as the “Forest City” because of its abundance of trees. Related PostsWas Pittsburgh named after someone named Pitt and what did he have to do with Pennsylvania?Who was the Tootsie Roll named after?Who invented the Bic pen and who was it named after?What does Haagen-Dazs mean and who was the ice cream named after?How many U.S. state capitals are named after presidents?