Nicolas Chauvin

1790 - 1900

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Nicolas Chauvin (, French: [ʃɔvɛ̃]) is a legendary, possibly apocryphal or fictional French soldier and patriot who is supposed to have served in the First Army of the French Republic and later in La Grande Armée of Napoleon. His name is the eponym of chauvinism, originally a term for excessive nationalistic fervor, but later used to refer to any form of bigotry or bias (e.g., male chauvinism). According to the stories that developed about him, Chauvin was born in Rochefort around 1780. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicolas Chauvin has received more than 252,266 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Nicolas Chauvin is the 362nd most popular military personnel (up from 392nd in 2019), the 1,009th most popular biography from France (up from 1,092nd in 2019) and the 40th most popular French Military Personnel.

Nicolas Chauvin was a French soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. He was known for his extreme nationalism and chauvinism, which was an attitude of superiority over other countries.

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Among military personnels, Nicolas Chauvin ranks 362 out of 2,058Before him are Ivan Paskevich, Jozef Gabčík, Omar Pasha, Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, Levin August von Bennigsen, and Sergei Skripal. After him are Tomoyuki Yamashita, Ban Chao, Kirill Meretskov, Iwane Matsui, Lü Meng, and Alexander Yegorov.

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Among people born in 1790, Nicolas Chauvin ranks 9Before him are August Ferdinand Möbius, Alphonse de Lamartine, Sunjo of Joseon, John Tyler, George Everest, and Jules Dumont d'Urville. After him are John Frederic Daniell, Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden, John Austin, Robert Stirling, Marquis de Custine, and Adolph Diesterweg. Among people deceased in 1900, Nicolas Chauvin ranks 17Before him are Étienne Lenoir, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Naim Frashëri, Wilhelm Liebknecht, John Sherman, and Emil Škoda. After him are Osman Nuri Pasha, Frederic Edwin Church, Mary Kingsley, Isaac Levitan, Francis, Duke of Teck, and François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville.

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Among people born in France, Nicolas Chauvin ranks 1,009 out of 6,770Before him are René Girard (1923), Pauline Viardot (1821), Leonard of Noblac (496), Alice Guy-Blaché (1873), Raymond Poulidor (1936), and Claude Louis Hector de Villars (1653). After him are Julien Green (1900), Louis II of Anjou (1377), Gérard Mourou (1944), Louise Bourgeois (1911), Eugène Scribe (1791), and Villard de Honnecourt (1200).


Among military personnels born in France, Nicolas Chauvin ranks 40Before him are Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy (1847), Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (1889), François Christophe de Kellermann (1735), Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno (1764), Henri Giraud (1879), and Pierre-Charles Villeneuve (1763). After him are François Achille Bazaine (1811), Lazare Hoche (1768), Jean-Baptiste Jourdan (1762), La Hire (1390), Pierre Augereau (1757), and Guillaume Brune (1763).