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Chaves Name Meaning

Portuguese: habitational name from a place in the province of Tras-os-Montes named Chaves from Latin (aquis) Flaviis ‘(at the) waters of Flavius’. The place was the site of sulfurous springs with supposedly health-giving properties around which a settlement was founded in the 1st century AD by the Emperor Vespasian. Portuguese and Galician: habitational name from any of numerous places called Chaves generally from the plural of chave ‘key’ from Latin clavis. Irish and English: variant of Chivers . Compare Chavers .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Chavis, Naves, Chavers, Cave, Cales, Hames, Caves, Chavous, Rhames

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Where is the Chaves family from?

You can see how Chaves families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chaves family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chaves families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Chaves families living in North Carolina. This was about 57% of all the recorded Chaves's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Chaves families in 1840.
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What did your Chaves ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Chaves. 47% of Chaves men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Chaves women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chaves were Salesman and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    47%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    16%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Laborer
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Chaves. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Chaves. For the veterans among your Chaves ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chaves lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Chaves life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Chaves in 1949 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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