HouseofNames.com

Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, French, Scottish


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.

 More

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."

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.


 More

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.

 More

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.

 More

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.

 More

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
  • Edward Chambers, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • William 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
  • 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 settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1779
  • ...

Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Chambers, aged 19, arrived in Canada in 1811
  • John Chambers, aged 19, landed in Canada in 1811
  • James Chambers, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • George Chambers, aged 17, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Elizabeth Chambers, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • ...

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, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • 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
  • ...
 More

  • Brigadier-General William Earl Chambers (1892-1952), American Chief of Operations Division, G-3 Section, US Army Forces Pacific (1945)
  • 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
  • ...
 More

Chambers Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

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
  • 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

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
  • 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
 More

Most Popular Family Crest Products
 
Chambers Armorial History With Coat of ArmsChambers Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Chambers Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageChambers Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Chambers Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesChambers Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Chambers Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainChambers Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Chambers Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugChambers Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Chambers Armorial History with FrameChambers Armorial History with Frame
Chambers Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsChambers Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms

 More

 More

Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. 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).
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 July 2016 at 10:49.

    Sign Up

      

    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more