Chalmairs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Chalmairs 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.
Early Origins of the Chalmairs family
The surname Chalmairs 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."
Early History of the Chalmairs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chalmairs research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1219, 1240, 1351, 1472, 1556, 1528, 1571, 1624, 1582, 1560, 1633, 1560, 1583, 1588, 1658, 1628, 1628, 1726, 1796, 1775 and are included under the topic Early Chalmairs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chalmairs Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Chambers, Chalmers, Chamer, Chalmairs, Challmers and others.
Early Notables of the Chalmairs family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Chambers (d. 1556), the last abbot and the first Bishop of Peterborough, born at Peterborough. "He became a monk in the great Benedictine abbey of that place, and eventually elected its abbot in 1528. " 
Robert Chambers (1571-1624?), was a Catholic divine, a native of Yorkshire, and arrived as a boy at the English college at Rheims in December 1582. 
Sabine Chambers (1560?-1633), was a Jesuit, born in Leicestershire in or about 1560, and entered Broadgates Hall, Oxford, where he took the degrees in arts, that of master being completed in 1583...
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Migration of the Chalmairs family to Ireland
Some of the Chalmairs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Chalmairs family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Chalmairs or a variant listed above were: Patrick Chalmers who settled in Virginia in 1716; Stephen Chalmers, who arrived in New Jersey in 1713; James Chambers, who settled in Virginia in 1620.
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print