“TICALA”, a native word meaning, “WONDER” was the former name of the municipality. The place got its name from a group of war-long people (Magahat) from Higaonon tribe whose rule is a certain Datu Manlomupog. They had gathered themselves for a meeting and found a beautiful and wonderful place where they decided to settle peacefully.
Hence, the name “TICALA”, later, a Spanish Jesuit Missionary and the curate of Jasa-an named Fr. Juan Yras, S.J. changed the name TICALA to CLAVERIA in memory of Don Narciso de Claveria, one of the most famous Spanish Governors General of the Philippines during the Spanish Era.
Settlement of Higaonon tribe cannot be traced in place where they first established TICALA. Only traces of bloodlines of those original Higaonons is presence in the area but existence of those Higaonon communities who are still practicing their culture are found on remote barangays of Minalwang, Mat-I and sitio of tabok barangays.
Originally, Claveria was under the Municipal District of the province of Bukidnon. Upon the passage of an Act No. 2968, otherwise known as the Artadi Law, Claveria was separated from Bukidnon and was ceded to the provionce of Misamis Oriental on February 21, 1921. It was on this time Claveria was under the administrative control of the Municipal District of Balingasag. In 1947, the municipal district was composed of Minsapinit, Pigsalahan, Kibuging, Manananum, Minanaling, Digayan, Macupa, Siabantang, Kabangasan, Patrinucui, Hinaplan, Cabacungan, Plaridel, Rizal, Panampawan, Luna, Aposkahoy, and Poblacion.
Politically Claveria attained its stature as an independent or full pledge municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, occupying almost one-third (1/3) of the total area of the province.