Cheves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Cheves 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 Cheves family

The surname Cheves 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 Cheves family

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

Cheves 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 Cheves 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...
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Migration of the Cheves family to Ireland

Some of the Cheves 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.

Cheves migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cheves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • K. Cheves, aged 7, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Massachusetts" from London, England [2]
Cheves Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Langdon Cheves, aged 54, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Justo Cheves, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Santa Marta" from Cristobal, C.Z. [4]
  • Isabella Paton Cheves, aged 53, originally from Plymouth, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Plymouth [5]
  • Eugenio Cheves, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Pietro Gori" from Naples, Italy [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cheves (post 1700)

  • Patrick Gray Cheves (1820-1883), Scottish-born, American farmer and politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from Racine County, Wisconsin in 1856 and 1878
  • Joe Cheves (1918-2007), American professional golfer and co-founder of the American Golf Association
  • Monnie Tom Cheves (1902-1988), American college professor and politician, Louisiana State Representative from Natchitoches Parish (1952-1960)
  • James Parks "Buck" Cheves (1898-1995), American college football player and referee
  • Langdon Cheves (1776-1857), American politician, lawyer and businessman, 8th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1814-1815), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina (1810-1815)
  • Major-General Gilbert Xavier Cheves (1895-1985), American Commanding Officer 365th Armored Regiment (1942-1943) [7]

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3T-PNG : 6 December 2014), K. Cheves, 20 Oct 1896; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Massachusetts, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFXX-W2X : 6 December 2014), Langdon Cheves, 28 Jul 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lucania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-64D : 6 December 2014), Justo Cheves, 15 Dec 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, ship name Santa Marta, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QT-LJS : 6 December 2014), Isabella Paton Cheves, 23 Mar 1919; citing departure port Plymouth, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN75-SPX : 6 December 2014), Eugenio Cheves, 01 Dec 1924; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Pietro Gori, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Gilbert Cheves. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Cheves/Gilbert_Xavier/USA.html
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