In historical records, the village was first mentioned in 1266 as Honua (1295 Hanua) as property of a monastery. In the 15th century it was the seat of the local noble family "Hanva", since the mid-16th century the "Hanvay", later on the "Darvasy" etc.
The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive "Statny Archiv in Banska Bystrica,
- Roman Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1789-1896 (parish B)
- Reformated church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1740-1896 (parish A)
- Surnames of living people in Chanava[permanent dead link]
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