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The Cheever surname is derived from the Anglo-Norman French word "chivere" or "chevre," meaning "goat." The Latin for a nanny goat "capra" has in the past been used interchangeably as the surname of some family lines of this name.

Cheever Early Origins



The surname Cheever was first found in Devon. The first known ancestor of the name was Roger de Chievre and Petronilla living circa 1000 A.D. in a town in the south of Belgium called by that name. Roger's sons William Chievre and his brother Ralf de la Pommeraie, were companions of William the Conqueror in the invasion of England in 1066 and were given large estates in Devon. A William Chievre, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Capra was listed in the Domesday Book as holding land in both Devon and Wiltshire.

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Cheever Spelling Variations


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Cheever Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Chever, Chevers, Chevercourt, Chevercot, Cheves, Chevys, Cheever, Cheevers, Chilvers, Chivers and many more.

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Cheever Early History


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Cheever Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheever research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1327, 1614, 1708, 1637 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Cheever History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cheever Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cheever Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Ezekiel Cheever (1614-1708) English-born, immigrant to America in 1637 and became a schoolmaster, and the author of probably the earliest American school book, "Accidence, A...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cheever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cheever In Ireland


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Cheever In Ireland



Some of the Cheever family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cheever Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Bartholomew Cheever, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Daniel Cheever, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Ezekiel Cheever, who landed in New England in 1680

Cheever Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Capt. Cheever, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Eliza Cheever, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1862
  • James Cheever, aged 6, landed in New York in 1862
  • John Cheever, aged 4, landed in New York in 1862
  • Thomas Cheever, aged 2, arrived in New York in 1862
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cheever Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Israel and Susanna Nichols Cheever, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1722

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cheever (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cheever (post 1700)



  • Edward McKay "Eddie" Cheever (b. 1958), American racing driver who raced for almost thirty years in Formula One, Sports cars, CART and the Indy Racing League
  • Vernon A. Cheever, American Republican politician, Member of Colorado State Senate, 1950
  • Silas W. Cheever, American politician, Mayor of Ottawa, Illinois, 1861-62
  • Samuel S. Cheever, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1828
  • Robert Cheever, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1972
  • Noah W. Cheever, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1888; Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1898; Prohibition Candidate for Justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1902
  • Lyle E. Cheever, American politician, Mayor of Brookings, South Dakota, 1952-54
  • Henry Martyn Cheever (b. 1832), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1899-1900
  • David A. Cheever, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Denver, Colorado, 1874-76
  • John William Cheever (1912-1982), American short-story writer/novelist who won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: En dieu est ma foy
Motto Translation: In God is my faith.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Cheever Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cheever 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.

This page was last modified on 28 May 2016 at 13:11.

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