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Where did the Italian Chiava family come from? What is the Italian Chiava family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chiava family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chiava family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cheaves, Chaves, Cioffani, Chiapponi, Chiava and many more.

First found in Aquila, capital of Abruzzi Province of Italy. A city on the valley of the Aterno. The citadel (1535) of the Spanish viceroy Don Pedro de Toledo. The church of St Bewrardin is notable. The fountain outside the town has 99 jets. It was founded Conrad, son of Emperor Frederick II in 1250. The Spaniards captured it in 1503. Sacked by the French in 1799. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. Originally of Castille in Spain, the Italian was moved of army XVI of Carlo V.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chiava research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1675, and 1796 are included under the topic Early Chiava History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Chiava Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso Chaves, who arrived in Peru in 1566; Thomas Shave, who arrived in Hingham, MA in 1637; Valentine Shave, who came to Philadelphia in 1739; John Sheaves, who came to New York, NY in 1820.


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The Chiava Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chiava Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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