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Early Origins of the Chauvel family

The surname Chauvel was first found in Britanny (French: Bretagne). Cited in early times are Renaud Chauveau, who was named bishop of Châlons in 1351, and Audouin Chauveron, who held an important position in Paris in 1381.

The Chauvel family in Normandy maintained nobility in 1666 and the Chauvels of Martinière in Blésois (English: Blois) and Maine gave a treasurer from France to Bourges in 1642. The Nouëttes branch of the family gave Jérôme, a prosecutor of the bourgeois of Rennes who was ennobled in 1606, and two councilors to the Parliament of Brittany in 1672. [1]

Early History of the Chauvel family

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Chauvel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chauve, Chauveau, Chauvet, Choveau, Chovel, Chauvelin, Chauvelet, Chauvelon, Chauvelot, Chauvin, Chauvineau, Chovin, Chouvin, Chauvet, Chauvette, Chovet, Chouvet, Chauvard, Chauvaux, Chauvat, Chauvois, Chauvard, Chauvenet, Chauvillion, Chauvier, Chauveron, Chauvron and many more.

Early Notables of the Chauvel family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Urbain Chauveton, an evangelist in 1560; Antoine Chauveau was caretaker of the Abbey of S. Gervais, Paris in 1580; Francois Chauveau was a painter, drawer, and engraver in Paris in 1613; François Chauveau (1613-1676), a French painter and engraver; Henri-Philippe abbey of Chauvelin was councillor at the Parliament, abbey of Montieramay, and held an important role at the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris in 1714; Francois-Pierre-Alexandre Chauvel was a Baron and general in Honfleur in 1766; Bernard-Francois marquis of Chauvelin was a politician in Paris in 1766; Louis-Joseph Chauveau was colonel in Cretteville...
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Chauvel Ranking

In France, the name Chauvel is the 1,113rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,899 people with that name. [2]

Migration of the Chauvel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 250 individuals of the lineage who arrived in Canada from France between 1600 and 1900. Among them were Charles Chauvin, who married in Montreal in 1663.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chauvel (post 1700) +

  • François Pierre Alexandre Chauvel, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Louis Chauvel (b. 1967), French sociologist and professor
  • Patrick Chauvel (b. 1949), French-born independent war photographer, Laureate of the World Press Photo Prize in 1995
  • Elsa Chauvel OBE (1898-1983), born Elsie May Wilcox, an Australian filmmaker and actress, wife of Charles Edward Chauvel
  • Charles Pierre Chauvel (b. 1969), former New Zealand politician who serves with the United Nations Development Programme
  • Charles Edward Chauvel OBE (1897-1959), Australian filmmaker, best known for making the films Forty Thousand Horsemen in 1940 and Jedda in 1955, nephew of Sir Harry Chauvel
  • General Sir Henry George Chauvel GCMG KCB (1865-1945), Australian senior officer of the Australian Imperial Force who fought at Gallipoli

  1. Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  3. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 12) Fran├žois Chauvel. Retrieved from on Facebook