Chavis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Chavis family

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

Important Dates for the Chavis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chavis research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1370 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Chavis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chavis Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Chavis family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Chavis family

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 Nú.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chavis (post 1700)

  • Larry E. Chavis, American politician, Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, 1996-98 [1]
  • Jordan Chavis, American Republican politician, Minister; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896 [1]
  • Austin Chavis, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 4th District, 1956, 1958 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from
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