Show ContentsCandlor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Candlor are thought to be from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The surname Candlor 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, Candlor was likely originally occupational, for a person who makes and sells candles. Less common derivations suggest that Candlor 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 Candlor family

The surname Candlor 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 Candlor family

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Candlor Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Candlor has been spelled many different ways, including Chandler, Chandlers, Channdler, Channdlers, Candler, Chaundler and many more.

Early Notables of the Candlor family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Candlor family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Candlors to arrive in North America: 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