CHAVARRIA Surname Meaning and Family History

What does the last name Chavarria mean?

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The Chavarria surname means "new house.". Yellow Dog Productions / Getty Images

The Chavarria surname means "new house," originating as a common variation of the surname Echevarria (Basque Extebarria), derived from the elements exte, meaning "house" and barria, meaning "new." Its origins are rooted in the Northern Basque region.


Surname Origin: Basque, Spanish, French

Famous People With the CHAVARRIA Surname

  • Daniel Chavarría - Uruguay-born revolutionary and writer living in Cuba
  • Jorge Rossi Chavarría - Costa Rican politician

Where Is the CHAVARRIA Surname Most Common?

According to surname distribution from Forebears, Chavarria is the 2,959th most common name in the world—found most prevalently in Mexico. It is most common, however, in countries such as Nicaragua (ranked 27th) and Costa Rica (ranked 35th). Within the United States, the Chavarria surname is most common in states with a large Spanish-speaking population, including New Mexico, Texas, California and Florida.

Surname maps from the Instituto Nacional de Estadestica (Spanish Statistics Office) indicate that the Chavarria surname is most frequently found in northeastern Spain, used most frequently by individuals born in the province of Tarragona, followed by Cuenca, Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname CHAVARRIA

  • GenForum: Chavarria: This free genealogy forum includes posts from individuals researching their Chavarria ancestors around the world. Search or browse the archives for posts about your Chavarria ancestors, or join and post your own Chavarria query.
  • FamilySearch - CHAVARRIA Genealogy: Explore over 524,000 results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Chavarria surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • GeneaNet - Chavarria Records: GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Chavarria surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

Resources and Further Reading

  • Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.
  • Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.
  • Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.
  • Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.
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