Where did the Spanish Chavez family come from? What is the Spanish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Chavez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Chávez, Chavez, Chaves and others.
First found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Juan Chaves, who served with Pedro de Alvarado and who founded the settlement of Gracias a Dios in 1533. Also of note was Nuflo de Chaves, who voyaged to the New World with Alvar Núńez Cabeza de Vaca in 1542.
Suggested Readings for the name Chavez
* Chavez: A Distinctive American Clan of New Mexico by Angelico Chavez.
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