Re: Chavanas in Alabama? - Origin of Chavana!
A thousand thanks for your research. I thought perhaps the name Chavana, so unusual, might be a derivation such as you have described.
The names you list at the end of you posting are my ancestors. Curious, where did you get this info? On the web, for free, under Alabama grooms, is the marriage of a Vincent Chavana in April, 1834, to Catherine Dubroca, b. c. 1812. Their oldest surviving son, Vincent Chavana, Jr., was born Jan. 8, 1839. His brother Hugh was born in 1842. So Vincent Chavana Sr. and Catherine Dubroca were the parents of Vincent Jr. and Hugh.On April 10, 1863, Vincent Jr. married Mary Maydelena Pollard, who was b. 1847. So there were two Vincent Chavanas around this time, a jr. and a sr. The parents of Vincent Sr. were John Chavana and Clair Padille. 1812 does sound like the time Vincent Sr. would have been born. John Chavana made is will in 1820. I have a beautiful photograph taken in 1866 of Mary Pollard Chavana holding Julia Chavana, b. 1864, age about two. If you are interested I will try to download it and send it to.
Catherine Dubroca was the daughter of Hugh Dubroca, b. 1769. So her second son was probably named after him. There is record of an Augustin Chavana buying slaves in New Orleans in the late 1700 (records put together by Gwendolyn Hall) also of John Chavana buying a slave in the early 1800s. In Mobile, from the early 1800s, the most of the families of the Dubrocas and Chavanas were of mixed ancestry, white and black. Perhaps also Indian, but mostly French and Spanish. I only recently learned about this. Anyway, thank you for your response. I hope we both learn more about this rather mysterious name and its bearers.