Chivers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Chivers 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 Chivers family
The surname Chivers 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 Chivers family
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Chivers 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 Chivers 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 Chivers family to Ireland
Some of the Chivers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Chivers migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Chivers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Michael Chivers, who landed in Maryland in 1678 
Chivers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Chivers, who settled in Virginia in 1774
Chivers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samson Chivers, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 
- Frederick Chivers, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1882 
- A. Chivers, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Chivers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ada Chivers, aged 21, who landed in America from Paulton, England, in 1914
- Ada Chivers, aged 32, who settled in America from Hastings, England, in 1916
- Ada Chivers, aged 38, who arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1922
- Albert Chivers, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924
Chivers migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Chivers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Chivers, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
- Charles Chivers, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
- Mrs. M.A. Chivers, aged 50, a matron, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" 
- Ebenezer Chivers, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
Chivers migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Chivers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Charles Chivers, (b. 1836), aged 23, English carpenter from Somerset travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 
- Mrs. Annie Chivers, (b. 1837), aged 22, English settler from Somerset travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 
- Mr. Benjamin Chivers, (b. 1838), aged 21, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 
- Mr. James Chivers, (b. 1825), aged 38, Cornish gardener from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 
- Mrs. Alice Chivers, (b. 1835), aged 28, Cornish settler from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Chivers (post 1700) +
- Hugh J.H. Chivers, United States Antarctic Research Program upper atmosphere physicist at Byrd Station from 1962 to 1963, eponym of Mount Chivers, Antarctica
- Thomas Holley Chivers (1809-1858), American physician and poet
- Christopher John Chivers (b. 1964), American journalist and author for The New York Times
- Stephanie Chivers (b. 1934), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2004, 2008; Member of Republican National Committee from Tennessee, 2008 
- H. R. Chivers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1896 
- Ian James Chivers (b. 1964), retired English cricketer who played from Hampshire from 1985 to 1987
- Basil Chivers (b. 1939), English cricketer who played in the 1950s and 1960s
- Martin Harcourt Chivers (b. 1945), English retired professional footballer who played from 1962 to 1983, member of the England National Team (1971-1973)
- Gary "Chivey" Chivers (b. 1960), English former football defender whop played from 1978 to 1996
- Francis Cornelius "Frank" Chivers (1909-1942), English professional footballer who played in the 1930s, killed in a mining accident in April 1942
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Historic Events for the Chivers family +
- Mr. William A Chivers (b. 1911), English Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking 
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The Chivers 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.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm