Chever History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Chever 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.

Early Origins of the Chever family

The surname Chever 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] Capra was listed in the Domesday Book as holding land in both Devon and Wiltshire.

Important Dates for the Chever family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chever research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1327, 1614, 1708, 1637 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Chever History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chever Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Chever family (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 Chever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Chever family to Ireland

Some of the Chever family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 119 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chever migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chever Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Chever who arrived in Boston in 1820

Contemporary Notables of the name Chever (post 1700)

Citations

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