The prestigious surname Chevaliais originated in the Dauphiné region of the French Alps. The surname Chevaliais is an occupational
name, which is a type of hereditary surname. Occupational
surnames are derived from the primary occupation
held by the original bearer. In this case, it denotes a horseman. The original bearer was probably in the cavalry, or he may have been a breeder of horses. The English word cavalier comes from the same root as this word. CITATION[CLOSE]
Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
Early Origins of the Chevaliais family
The surname Chevaliais was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family has been since ancient times and is recorded as an ancient family during the 1200's.
Rewarded for his involvement in society, Mathieu was a witness to the charter of the cartulary of Hostpitaliers of Puy in 1295. Durand Chevalier, Co-Lord of Mars and married to Guillemette, was the deputy of the town of Puy in 1303 and served Pope Boniface VIII. His son, Alexis, paid homage to the Viscount of Polignac for his lands, title and estate over which he held the lordship of Auteyrac in 1337.
By the 14th century, the family was well established in the region of Velay and several members of the family made distinctive contributions to the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles, and letters patent confirming their nobility. Noble Jacques, son of Eustache, paid homage in 1396 for both the lands of Auteyrac and Costaros. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
Early History of the Chevaliais family
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Chevaliais Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Chevalier, Chevalié, Chevaliée, Chevaliais, Chevaliaie, Chevaliey, Chevaliay, Chevaliet, Chevallier, Chevallié, Chevalliée, Chevalliais, Chevalliaie, Chevalliey, Chevalliay, Chevalliet, Chevalière, Chevelier, Chevallier, Chevalierre and many more.
Early Notables of the Chevaliais family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chevaliais family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Chevalier settled in Boston in 1716; Jeanneau Chevalier settled in Boston in 1716; Joseph Chevalier settled in New York in 1775; David Chevallier settled in Philadelphia in 1787-1788.
The Chevaliais 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: Honor et fides
Motto Translation: Honor and fidelity.