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The prestigious surname Chevalier originated in the Dauphiné region of the French Alps. The surname Chevalier is an occupational name, which is a type of hereditary surname. Occupational surnames are derived from the primary occupation held by the original bearer. In this case, it denotes a horseman; the original bearer was probably in the cavalry, though he may have been a breeder of horses. The English word cavalier comes from the same root as this word.

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The surname Chevalier was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family has been since ancient times, and is recorded as an ancient family during the 1200's.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chevalier, Chevalié, Chevaliée, Chevaliais, Chevaliaie, Chevaliey, Chevaliay, Chevaliet, Chevallier, Chevallié, Chevalliée, Chevalliais, Chevalliaie, Chevalliey, Chevalliay, Chevalliet, Chevalière, Chevelier, Chevallier, Chevalierre and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chevalier research. Another 713 words (51 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1303, 1337, 1396, 1473, 1533, 1552, 1500, 1768, 1838 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Chevalier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chevalier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chevalier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Philip Chevalier, who landed in Delaware in 1677
  • Etienne Chevalier, son of René and Isabelle Peschevinet, married Anne-Claude Provost, daughter of François and Marguerite Gaillard, on October 28, 1678

Chevalier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Pierre C Chevalier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710
  • Peter Chevalier, who landed in America in 1715-1720
  • Thomas Chevalier settled in Boston in 1716
  • Jeanneau Chevalier settled in Boston in 1716
  • Mr. Chevalier, who landed in Louisiana in 1718
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Chevalier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Chevalier settled in Philadelphia in 1805
  • Johannes Chevalier, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • John B. Chevalier settled in Philadelphia in 1841
  • J. Chevalier settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • F Chevalier, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
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Chevalier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Charles Chevalier, who landed in Quebec in 1644
  • Etienne Chevalier, who arrived in Quebec in 1644
  • Louis Chevalier, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Michelle Gamier Chevalier, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Martin Chevalier, who arrived in Quebec in 1665
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Chevalier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Chevalier, aged 23, a plumber, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Chevalier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • H. Chevalier arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
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  • Robert Chevalier, American cardiologist
  • Pierre Chevalier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Jacques François Chevalier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Albert Chevalier, French music-hall artist
  • Michel Chevalier (1806-1879), French economist
  • Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972), French film/vaudeville actor
  • Douglas Chevalier, American news photographer for the Washington Post, Washington, DC
  • Robert Burris Chevalier, Cardiologist and Educator, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Albert Chevalier (1861-1923), English comedian
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Honor et fides
Motto Translation: Honor and fidelity.

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    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    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. 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).
    5. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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