The surname Cheevers (also Chevers,Chievers,Chivers) is a Cambro-Norman surname derived from "goat" ("chevre" in French, "capra" in Latin).
* So named in an ancient Latin document in Normandy, Capra - Goat.
Origin of the Name and Family
The Cheevers line started in Flanders C.960 with Roger Chievre La Maniche and wife Petronilla. Their children were William Chievre, Beatrix Chievre, Ralph de la Pommeraie and Hugue de la Pommeraie.
Source: Calendar of Documents Preserved in France Illustrative of the History of Great Britain and Ireland, AD 918-1206 Published in London (1899) by the Public Records Office.
Abbey of St. Mary du Val, Bayeaux - "Capra"
edited by John S. Amery Published 1964J.G. Commin, [etc.] Devon (England) <http://books.google.com/books?q=+subject:%22Devon+(England)%22>Original from the University of Michigan v.29 1962/1964 Digitized Sep 17, 2007
"I, Roger Chievre (becomes Cheevers in English from the Norman form) have, with the consent of my wife Petronilla and my son William, given to God and the Church of St. Mary of the Valley 20acres of land at Cauville (about 22 acres today; Cauville is approximately 9 miles from Le Havre) and in Delbot;smill 10 sesters of grist and sex sesters of
They had the following children:
+ 2 M i William "Guillame" Chievre "with William the Conqueror - England" 3 M ii Raul "Ralph" de la Pommeraie "with William the Conqueror - England".
2. Raul de Pomerai fl. 1086.
Founder of Britain's noble house of Pomeroy, with a manse that remained in the family over 500 years.
Ralph de Pomeroy was at the Battle of Hastings. His home domain was at La Pommeraie in Bayeux, Normandy. Earthworks of his Castle still remain near Falaise called the Chateau Ganne. He was granted 60 manors by Duke William, many in Devonshire. His chief domain in Devon was at Berry Pomeroy. Joselin Pomeroy succeeded him. Through Henry, his son, they retained their estates in Normandy at the Castle of Pont-Antou. Either this same Henry, or his son, supported King John of Magna Carta fame and held the Castle Pomeroy at his disposal and garrisoned it. The wealth of the Pomeroy estate was large and in the Exon Domesday he held many livestock in the northern part of the county. In the mid sixteenth century the castle and estates went to the Seymours, Dukes of Somerset and the main line became extinct. Junior branches were at Ingeston and Sandridge, and in southern Ireland by the Viscounts Harberton.
The fief of Ralph De Pomerei remained in the possession of the Pomeroys for 500 years
4 M iii Hugue de La Pommeraie died in 1066. 5 F iv Beatrix Chievre. Beatrix was employed as Abbess.
St.Michael's Mount, Cornwall
4. Beatrix Chever
Became Abbess of St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall, a replica of Mont St. Michel.
Abbess of St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall