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

The origins the old family name laChambre can be found within medieval France. 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 laChambre 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 laChambre was an occupational name for a room attendant. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word "chambre," which means room.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Chambre, la Chambre, Chambres, la Chambres, des Chambres, Chaumbre, Chaumbres, de la Chambre, de la Chambres, de la Chaumbre, de la Chaumbres, Chambray, Chaumbray, Chambrae, Chambraes, Chaumbrae, Chaumbraes and many more.

First found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this distinguished family has held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laChambre research. Another 228 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1456, and 1568 are included under the topic Early laChambre History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early laChambre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Chambers who settled in Virginia in 1623; Robert Chambers, aged only 13; settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1635; John Chambers settled in Pennsylvania, and Benjamin Charles Chambers, aged 30.

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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: Altissimus nos fundavit
Motto Translation: Highest we founded

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The laChambre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laChambre 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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