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Where did the English Chambers family come from? What is the English 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?

The name Chambers is derived from the old French word "cha(u)mbre," meaning "chamber," and is thought to have originally been an occupational name for someone who worked in the private living quarters of the aristocracy.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Chambers, Chalmers, Chamer, Chalmairs, Challmers and others.

First found in Denbighshire 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 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1219, 1240, 1351, 1472, 1726, 1796, 1775 and are included under the topic Early Chambers History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words(3 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 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Chambers name or one of its variants:

Chambers Settlers in 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 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 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


Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • John Chambers settled in Salvage, Newfoundland in 1676

Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Henry Chambers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Chambers settled in St. John's in 1779
  • Sgt. Abijah Chambers U.E who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. Abijah Chambers U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Mr. James Chambers U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783

Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Chambers was Justice of the Peace for southern Newfoundland in 1834
  • George Chambers, aged 17, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Elizabeth Chambers, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • John Chambers, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • George Chambers, aged 17, a farmer, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834


Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • R T Chambers, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Chambers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Chambers arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Priscilla Chambers arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Benjamin Chambers arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Emily Chambers arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837


Chambers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • John Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Mary Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Mary Ann Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Sarah Jean Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863


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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
  • Mr. Guy Winstaney P. Chambers, American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Ethel Chambers (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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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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