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Where did the Spanish Chavez family come from? What is the Spanish Chavez family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chavez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chavez family history?

The prestigious surname Chavez originated in Spain, a country which has figured prominently in world affairs for hundreds of years.

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

First found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chavez research. Another 398 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1370 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Chavez History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 46 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chavez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Trinidad Chávez Aparicio, who introduced cacao and chocolate from Mexico to Spain in 1570

Chavez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nicholas Chavez, aged 34, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825
  • Antonio Francisco De Chavez, who landed in New Spain in 1877
  • Crisastonis Chavez, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Luttinta, in 1893

Chavez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Angel Lopez Chavez, aged 55, who settled in America from Havana, Cuba, in 1908
  • Angelicia Chavez, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Antonio Lopez Chavez, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Carlos Guillerno Chavez, aged 5, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Agustin Loera Chavez, aged 22, who settled in America from Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1915


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  • César Chávez (1927-1993), American farm workers union leader
  • 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
  • Angélico Chávez (1910-1996), American Franciscan priest, historian, author, poet, and painter
  • 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
  • Ignacio Chávez Sánchez (1897-1979), award-winning Mexican cardiologist
  • Jorge Chávez (1887-1910), Franco-Peruvian aviator who was the first to cross the Alps by plane
  • Fermín Chávez (1924-2006), Argentine historian, poet and journalist
  • Coronado Chávez (1807-1881), President of Honduras from 1845-1847
  • Carlos Chávez (1899-1978), Mexican composer, conductor, founder and director of the Mexico Symphony Orchestra
  • Alan Chavez (b. 1991), Mexican musician


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  • Chavez: A Distinctive American Clan of New Mexico by Angelico Chavez.
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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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The Chavez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chavez Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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