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Where did the French Chavous family come from? What is the French Chavous family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chavous family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chavous family history?

Noble surnames, such as Chavous, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Chavous, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Picardy. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Chavot, Chavo, Chavaux, Chaveau, Chaveaux, Cheval, Chevau, Chevaux, Cheveau, Cheveaux, Queval, Quéval, Chaval, Chevet, Chevé, Chevée, Chever, Schavot, Schavo, Schaval and many more.

First found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chavous research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1789, 1804, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Chavous History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chavous 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: Francois Cheval, who was living in New Orleans with his wife and his child in 1722; Jacques Bernard Chevée, who arrived in New York in 1789; A. Chavo, who, at the age of 36.

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  • Corey Lamonte Chavous (b. 1976), former American NFL football safety who played from 1998 to 2008
  • Barney Lewis Chavous (b. 1951), former American NFL football defensive end who played for the Denver Broncos (1973-1985)


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The Chavous Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chavous 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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