Chaves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Chaves Ranking

In the United States, the name Chaves is the 4,582nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]


United States Chaves migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chaves Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Andrés de Chaves, who arrived in America in 1512
  • Diego de Chaves, who arrived in America in 1526
  • Juan Chaves, who served with Pedro de Alvarado and who founded the settlement of Gracias a Dios in 1533
  • Gómez de Chaves, who arrived in Cartagena in 1534
  • Juan de Chaves, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1534
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Chaves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andres De Chaves, who landed in America in 1812 [2]
  • Hemando De Chaves, who arrived in America in 1815 [2]
  • Nicolasa DeJesus Chaves, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 [2]
  • Gonzalo De Chaves, who landed in America in 1817 [2]
  • Juan De Chaves, who landed in America in 1817 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Chaves Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ana Chaves, who arrived in Texas in 1923

West Indies Chaves migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Chaves Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Bernardo de Chaves, who arrived in the Dominican Republic in 1534
Chaves Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Bernardo De Chaves, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1834 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chaves (post 1700) +

  • Richard John Chaves (b. 1951), American actor
  • José Francisco Chaves (1833-1904), nineteenth century American politician, lawyer and farmer
  • Zachary A. Chaves, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 36th District, 2008 [4]
  • Jose Francisco Chaves (1833-1904), American Republican politician, Delegate to U.S. Congress from New Mexico Territory, 1865-67, 1869-71; Member New Mexico territorial council, 1875 [4]
  • E. V. Chaves, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico Territory, 1892, 1904 [4]
  • Amado Chaves Jr., American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in La Guaira, 1924 [4]
  • Avelino Chaves Couto (1931-2021), Spanish professional footballer who played as a forward
  • Victorico L. "Concoy" Chaves (1932-2016), Filipino sportsman and politician, Member of the Philippine House of Representatives (1987-1998), President of the Philippine Amateur Volleyball Association (1986-1995)
  • Raúl Pires Ferreira Chaves (1889-1967), Portuguese civil engineer and inventor
  • João Carlos Pinto Chaves (b. 1982), Brazilian professional footballer
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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