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

The prestigious surname Chevallier originated in the Dauphiné region of the French Alps. The surname Chevallier 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, though he may have been a breeder of horses. The English word cavalier comes from the same root as this word.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chevallier research. Another 713 words (51 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1303, 1337, 1396, 1473, 1533, 1552, 1500, 1768, 1838 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Chevallier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chevallier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chevallier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Chevallier settled in Philadelphia in 1787-1788
  • David Chevallier, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1788

Chevallier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Chevallier, who landed in America in 1818
  • Charm Chevallier, who arrived in Texas in 1835

Chevallier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Chevallier, who arrived in Montreal in 1662



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.


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