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Multiple Origins for the Surname Chambers



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.

Chambers Early Origins



The surname Chambers was 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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Chambers Spelling Variations


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Chambers Spelling Variations



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.

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Chambers Early History


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Chambers Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Chambers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chambers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chambers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chambers In Ireland


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Chambers In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Thomas Chambers, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Chambers, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Alice Chambers who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chambers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane Chambers, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Joseph Chambers, who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Joseph Chambers, who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Patrick Chambers, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Lillias Chambers, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chambers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Chambers, who settled in New York City in 1804
  • Edward Chambers, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Chambers, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Win Chambers, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Ann Chambers, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Chambers, who settled in Salvage, Newfoundland in 1676 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Chambers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Chambers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Chambers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Chambers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • William Chambers, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1779 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Chambers, aged 19, who arrived in Canada in 1811
  • John Chambers, aged 19, who landed in Canada in 1811
  • James Chambers, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • George Chambers, aged 17, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Elizabeth Chambers, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

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

Chambers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Chambers, a harness-maker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Catherine Chambers, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  • Priscilla Chambers, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  • Benjamin Chambers, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  • Emily Chambers, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chambers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Chambers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • John Chambers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Mary Chambers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Mary Ann Chambers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Sarah Jean Chambers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chambers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chambers (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General William Earl Chambers (1892-1952), American Chief of Operations Division, G-3 Section, US Army Forces Pacific (1945) [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) William Chambers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Chambers/William_Earl/USA.html
  • Jay Vivian "Whittaker" Chambers (1901-1961), American writer, editor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers (1935-1969), American jazz bassist
  • Colonel Justice Marion Chambers (1908-1982), American Marine Corps officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • William Paris Chambers (1854-1913), American composer, cornet soloist, and bandmaster
  • Robert William Chambers (1865-1933), American artist and writer
  • Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers (1866-1954), English literary critic and Shakespearean scholar
  • Raymond Wilson Chambers (1874-1942), English scholar
  • Robert Stanley Chambers QC (1953-2013), New Zealand judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand
  • Stuart Chambers (b. 1937), New Zealand ornithologist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Chambers Historic Events


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Chambers Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Robert Chambers (b. 1920), English Corporal from Leiston, Suffolk, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Guy Winstaney P. Chambers, American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • Mrs. Ethel Chambers, American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

RMS Titanic

  • 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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  • 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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) William Chambers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Chambers/William_Earl/USA.html
  5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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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