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During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Chalmers was first used in France. Many names with Old French origins arrived in Scotland and England in the 11th century with the Norman Conquest. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Chalmers family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Chalmers was an occupational name for a servant in the bedroom of a nobleman. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word "chambre" which means room, and refers to someone of the title chamberlain, which later came to signify a more administrative office in noble households.

Chalmers Early Origins



The surname Chalmers was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, 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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Chalmers Spelling Variations


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Chalmers Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Chambers, Chalmers, Chamer, Chalmairs, Challmers and others.

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Chalmers Early History


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Chalmers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chalmers research. Another 387 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1465, 1472, 1491, 1726, 1796, 1775, 1645, 1703, 1691, 1694, 1696, 1702, 1664 and are included under the topic Early Chalmers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chalmers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chalmers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chalmers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chalmers In Ireland


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Chalmers In Ireland



Some of the Chalmers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chalmers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Marion Chalmers, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

Chalmers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Chalmers, who arrived in New Jersey in 1713
  • Stephen Chalmers settled in New Jersey in 1713
  • Patrick Chalmers who settled in Virginia in 1716
  • Patrick Chalmers, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • John Chalmers, who arrived in New York in 1785

Chalmers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Chalmers, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Mathew Chalmers, who landed in New York in 1803
  • James Chalmers, who landed in New York in 1810
  • Stewart Chalmers, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • I Chalmers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chalmers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lt. Col. James Chalmers U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Chalmers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Chalmers, aged 60, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Christian Chalmers, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Nancy Chalmers, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Chalmers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Christina Chalmers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848
  • James Chalmers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849
  • Louisa Chalmers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • James Chalmers, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • George Chalmers, aged 19, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chalmers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Chalmers, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Isabella Chalmers, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Alexander Chalmers, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Janet Chalmers, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Chalmers, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chalmers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chalmers (post 1700)



  • William Wallace Chalmers (1861-1944), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1921-23, 1925-31; Defeated, 1922
  • William Chalmers, American Republican politician, Chair of Warren County Republican Party, 1925-27
  • Thomas Chalmers, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 17th District, 1913-14
  • Rod Chalmers, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1940
  • Robert Chalmers, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 15th District, 1871-73
  • Joseph Williams Chalmers (1807-1853), American Democrat politician, U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1845-47
  • John Gordon Chalmers (1803-1847), American politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature; Texas Republic Secretary of the Treasury, 1841
  • James Ronald Chalmers (1831-1898), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1852; Delegate to Mississippi Secession Convention, 1861
  • Hugh Chalmers (1876-1928), American politician, Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives, 1921-24; Member of Arkansas State Senate 32nd District, 1927-28
  • Doug Chalmers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Chalmers Historic Events


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Chalmers Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. David Chalmers, British Lead Writer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Blanche Chalmers, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spero
Motto Translation: I hope.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  4. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Chalmers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chalmers 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 2 December 2016 at 18:04.

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