Chave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Chave. It was given to a bald headed man. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the French expression le chauve, which means "the bald one."

Early Origins of the Chave family

The surname Chave was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Chave family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chave research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chave Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Chave has appeared include Chafy, Chafe, Chafee, Chafey, Chaff, Chaffe, Chaffee and many more.

Early Notables of the Chave family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Chave family to Ireland

Some of the Chave family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Chave migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chave Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Chave, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [1]
  • John Chave, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [2]
  • William Chave, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [3]

HMS Cornwall
  • Walter Betts Chave (d. 1942), British Petty Officer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm
  4. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A


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