Type Surname (from occupation)
Other Forms FormsCheevers/Chivers ("son of Cheever")
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Means "goatherd", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a goat (e.g. in capriciousness) (in either case from Anglo-Norman chivere "goat"). It was borne by American author John Cheever (1912-1982).