Chauvin Family Origins & Migration
The red markers identify Angers where our Chauvin ancestral line began. An article at
wikipedia.com states, "The first sign of human presence on the site of
Angers is a stone tool dated back to 400,000 BC
(Lower Paleolithic). The earliest known inhabitants were the Andecavi, a Gallic tribe that was
overrun by the Romans. The city, while under Roman rule, was called Juliomagus.
The Council of Angers was held here in 453.
The city suffered severely from the invasions of the Normans (in 845 and succeeding years)
Angers was once the capital of the historic province of Anjou."
[To date we have not determined with any degree of certainty whether or not the 400,000 year old
stone tool was made and used by the first Chauvin in Anjou.]
Chauvin Origins & Migration|
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880 - County of Anjou: Before 845 the area of Anjou and its seat
Angers were ruled by Romans and other warring tribes and nations. The area frequantly changed hands.
After a Norman invasion it was made a county [governed by a Count] and passed back and forth among
England, France, Naples, Brittainy and Normandy through marriages and treaties among royals.
1360 - Duchy of Anjou: One of the many holders
of the region elevated it to a Duchy [governed by a Duke], which is what it was when our earliest
known Chauvin ancestor, Jean, was born about 1561.
1561 Jean Chauvin: was born at Vion Dans La Sarthe,
Pres De La Fleche, Diocese Dangers En Anjou, France.
1594 France: absorbed Anjou into the Royal Domain
where it has remained to this day as part of the region Maine-et-Loire. And so it was in1599 when
René Chauvin was born to Jean and wife Renee LeDuc.
René married Catherine Avard De'Solesne and in 1631 they had a son whom they named Pierre.
1653 - New France: Pierre, later to be known as
Le Grand Pierre or Pierre Chauvin dit LeGrand, went to Quebec in New France [now Canada],
by many accounts and records.
Pierre married Marthe Autreuil [Le H'autreux] who bore him numerous children, one of whom was
Jules Gilles Chauvin who fathered Louis Marie Chauvin. This brings us to the year ...
1734 - Illinois: when Louis Marie relocated
to Kaskaskia in Illinois, a Province of New France. Subsequently, Louis's son Hypolite Paul
[or Paul Hyploite Chauvin as sometimes recorded] left Illinois to go further south in New France.
1770s - Louisiana: Paul set up a home in
Hahnville at Cotes Allemandes [German Coast] in Louisiana and it was there he established our
Chauvin Family line descending through Zenon, Alcide, Alcide Joseph, hercules Joseph, and finally
Marietta Cecile Chauvin, this author's mother.
Name Origin & Heraldic Arms |
Language of origin: Old French Translation: the little bald one
Info about origin: originally a family name 'Chauvin' used in France, known from Jean Chauvin, (John Calvin) (1509-1564) the name can be interpreted as 'the little bald one'.
Words: calve=bald; chauve=bald
Variants: Calvin in English & German; Kalvin in English
French: diminutive of Chauve, a nickname for a bald man, from Old French chauf ‘bald’
(Latin calvus). Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
Anjou - Old
Anjou - Modern
Chauvin Factoids |
Distribution of Chauvin Families in U.S.
Chauvin Immigrants in America | Origins | Ports of Departure | Occupations |
MAP at right shows prozimity of origins for five related families who emigrated to Louisiana
and intermarried. All of these families came from areas where some form of the French language
prevailed or was spoken by a sizable minority of the population.
Folse in Germany [Allemain] near France
Richard in France at Saintonge
Robichaux in France at laChaussee
Chauvin in France at Anjou
Toups in Switzerland [Suisse] near France