Chilvers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Chilvers 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 Chilvers family
The surname Chilvers 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,  Capra was listed in the Domesday Book as holding land in both Devon and Wiltshire.
Early History of the Chilvers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chilvers research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1327, 1614, 1708, 1637 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Chilvers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chilvers 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 Chilvers 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 Chilvers family to Ireland
Some of the Chilvers 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.
Migration of the Chilvers family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ezekiel Cheevers, who came to Boston in 1637; Wm. Chevers, who settled in Virginia in 1695; Richard Cheevers, an emigrant in bondage sent to Barbados or Jamaica in 1696.
Contemporary Notables of the name Chilvers (post 1700) +
- Peter Chilvers, English inventor and engineer, credited with an early version of a sail powered surfboard
- Liam Christopher Chilvers (b. 1981), English footballer
- Ian Chilvers, British radio presenter in Nottingham
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The Chilvers 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.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.