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

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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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.

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.


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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.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chevalier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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


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


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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  • Douglas Chevalier, American photographer
  • Robert Chevalier, American cardiologist
  • Albert Chevalier, French music-hall artist
  • Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972), French film/vaudeville actor
  • Michel Chevalier (1806-1879), French economist
  • Jacques François Chevalier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Pierre Chevalier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Douglas Chevalier, News Photographer, 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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The Chevalier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chevalier 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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