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Meaning and Origin of: Chevalier

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First name origins & meanings:

  • French : Knight
  • Old English : Hunt

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • French : from Old French chevalier ‘knight’ (literally ‘horseman’, ‘rider’, from Late Latin caballarius, a derivative of caballus ‘horse’). In the Middle Ages only men of comparative wealth were able to afford the upkeep of a riding horse. It is likely that in the majority of cases the surname was originally a nickname, or an occupational name for a knight’s servant, rather than a status name, for most men of the knightly class belonged to noble families which had more specific surnames derived from their estates.
  • A bearer of the name from Anjou is documented in 1656 in Quebec city; and another, from Rouen, is recorded in Montreal in 1670.