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Origins Available: English, French, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Chambers family come from? What is the Scottish Chambers family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chambers family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chambers family history?

During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Chambers was first used in France. Many names with Old French origins arrived in Scotland and England in the 11th century with the Norman Conquest. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Chambers family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Chambers was an occupational name for a servant in the bedroom of a nobleman. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word "chambre" which means room, and refers to someone of the title chamberlain, which later came to signify a more administrative office in noble households.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Chambers, Chalmers, Chamer, Chalmairs, Challmers and others.

First found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where they held lands at Llewenne, granted to John de Chambre from the Earl of Lincoln, who was Constable of Chester. John was a "nobelle Normanne who entred Englaunde in ye traine of King Williaume.".


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chambers research. Another 387 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1465, 1472, 1491, 1726, 1796, 1775, 1645, 1703, 1691, 1694, 1696, 1702, 1664 and are included under the topic Early Chambers History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chambers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Chambers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chambers Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Chambers, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • James Chambers settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Thomas Chambers settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Chambers, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Alice Chambers who settled in Virginia in 1623


Chambers Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jane Chambers, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Joseph Chambers settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Joseph Chambers, who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Patrick Chambers, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Lillias Chambers, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772


Chambers Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Chambers settled in New York City in 1804
  • Edwd Chambers, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Wm Chambers, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Win Chambers, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Ann Chambers, who arrived in America in 1805


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  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers (1935-1969), American jazz bassist
  • Robert William Chambers (1865-1933), American artist and writer
  • William Paris Chambers (1854-1913), American composer, cornet soloist, and bandmaster
  • Colonel Justice Marion Chambers (1908-1982), American Marine Corps officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Jay Vivian "Whittaker" Chambers (1901-1961), American writer, editor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Brigadier-General William Earl Chambers (1892-1952), American Chief of Operations Division, G-3 Section, US Army Forces Pacific (1945)
  • Mr. Norman Campbell Chambers, aged 27, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5
  • Mrs. Bertha Chambers, (née Griggs), aged 32, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5
  • Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers (1866-1954), English literary critic and Shakespearean scholar
  • J.K. "Jack" Chambers (b. 1938), Canadian ling Uist, and a well-known expert on language variation and change

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spero
Motto Translation: I hope.

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The Chambers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chambers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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