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Where did the Chavez coat of arms come from? When did the Chavez family first arrive in the United States?

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Origin Displayed: Spanish

Origins Available: Portuguese, Spanish

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chávez, Chavez, Chaves and others.

First found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Juan Chaves, who served with Pedro de Alvarado and who founded the settlement of Gracias a Dios in 1533. Also of note was Nuflo de Chaves, who voyaged to the New World with Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1542.

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Suggested Readings for the name Chavez
"Chavez: A Distinctive American Clan of New Mexico" by Angelico Chavez.

Some noteworthy people of the name Chavez
  • César Chávez (1927-1993), American farm workers union leader
  • Angélico Chávez (1910-1996), American Franciscan priest, historian, author, poet, and painter
  • César Estrada Chavez (1927-1993), founder of the National Farm Workers Association, which became United Farm Workers and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Fermín Chávez (1924-2006), Argentine historian, poet and journalist
  • Jorge Chávez (1887-1910), Franco-Peruvian aviator who was the first to cross the Alps by plane
  • Ignacio Chávez Sánchez (1897-1979), award-winning Mexican cardiologist
  • Alan Chavez (b. 1991), Mexican musician
  • Carlos Chávez (1899-1978), Mexican composer, conductor, founder and director of the Mexico Symphony Orchestra
  • Coronado Chávez (1807-1881), President of Honduras from 1845-1847
  • Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias (1954-2013), President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013, former leader of the Fifth Republic Movement political party 1997 until 2007

Learn More About Spanish Surnames



Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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