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

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The surname Chavez was first found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.

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


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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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  • Phyllis Chavez, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1980
  • Priscilla D. Chavez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 2008
  • Richard Chavez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Tibo J. Chavez, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1960; Member of New Mexico State Senate 31st District, 1971-72
  • Yolanda Chavez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Dionicio Chavez (1888-1962), American Democrat politician, Member of New Mexico State House of Representatives, 1922; U.S. Representative from New Mexico at-large, 1931-35; U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1936-62
  • David Chavez Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1952
  • Daniel F. Chavez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988, 1996, 2008 (alternate)
  • Dan Chavez, American politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 79th District, 2002, 2004; Republican Candidate for Texas State Senate 29th District, 2010, 2012
  • Cindy M. Chavez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008

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  • Chavez: A Distinctive American Clan of New Mexico by Angelico Chavez.
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  7. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. 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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