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The prestigious surname Chavis originated in Spain, a country which has figured prominently in world affairs for hundreds of years.

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The surname Chavis was first found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chávez, Chavez, Chaves and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chavis research. Another 398 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1370 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Chavis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chavis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan Chaves, who served with Pedro de Alvarado and who founded the settlement of Gracias a Dios in 1533. Also of note was Nuflo de Chaves, who voyaged to the New World with Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1542.

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  • Larry E. Chavis, American politician, Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, 1996-98
  • Jordan Chavis, American Republican politician, Minister; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • Austin Chavis, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 4th District, 1956, 1958


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  1. 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).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  10. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
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The Chavis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chavis 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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