Show ContentsCandelor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Candelor are thought to be from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The surname Candelor is derived from the Middle English words "chaundeler" and "chandeler," which in turn come from the Old French word "chandelier." This is derived from the late Latin word "candelarius," which comes from the word candela, which means candle. As a surname, Candelor was likely originally occupational, for a person who makes and sells candles. Less common derivations suggest that Candelor may have been for someone who had the responsibility of lighting candles in a large house, or someone who owed rent in the form of wax or candles. [1]

Early Origins of the Candelor family

The surname Candelor was first found in London where the first listings of the family were found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Reginald le Chandeler; and Mathew le Candeler. The same rolls listed another family but in the Latin form of the name: William Candelarius, Leicestershire. [2]

A few years later in Scotland, "John the "Candelar" was appointed to bring certain Scottish jewels and writings from Berwick to London in September 1296. " [3]

Early History of the Candelor family

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Candelor Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Candelor have been found, including Chandler, Chandlers, Channdler, Channdlers, Candler, Chaundler and many more.

Early Notables of the Candelor family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Candelor family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Candelor, or a variant listed above: Robt Candler, who arrived in Virginia in 1664;Frances Candler, who arrived in Barbados in 1671; John Candler, who settled in Virginia in 1703; Anne Candler, who came to Virginia in 1733.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook