Chivas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chivas was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Chivas to use this name no doubt lived in the old barony in the parish of Tarves, Aberdeenshire. The name Chivas comes from Gaelic seamhas, meaning "a narrow place in a river."

Early Origins of the Chivas family

The surname Chivas was first found in Tarves, Aberdeenshire. Some of the earliest records of the family include: John Chivas, who had a safe conduct to study at Oxford in 1393, and William Shivas, who was a Physician and Astrologer, Archbishop of St. Andrews in 1477. Later, John Scheves was forgiven on a charge of murder in 1526. [1]

William Schevez or Schives (died 1497) was "Archbishop of St. Andrews, is supposed to have descended from a family that adopted the name from the estate of Schevez in Aberdeenshire. One John de Schevez was clerk to James I in 1426, and may have been the patron through whose influence William Schevez was introduced to the court." [2]

Important Dates for the Chivas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chivas research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1801, 1843, 1850, 1648, 1647 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Chivas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chivas Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Chivas has been spelled Shivas, Shives, Chivas, Shivis, Shivez, Shivers, Shevas and many more.

Early Notables of the Chivas family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Chivas family to Ireland

Some of the Chivas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 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 Chivas family

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Samuel Shiva who was on record in Boston Massachusetts in 1651; Richard Shevers, who was in the records of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1694; James and Henry Shivers, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1847.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chivas (post 1700)

  • James and John Chivas, Scottish brothers, who founded the Chivas Regal distillery


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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