Chambelain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Chambelain family was an integral part of the history ancient France since it was derived from the northern, coastal region of Normandy. Chambelain was a name given to a person who worked as a chamberlain. A chamberlain was one who was in charge of the private chambers of a noble, and later was a high ranking title having derived from the Anglo Norman French word, "chamberlan."
Early Origins of the Chambelain family
The surname Chambelain was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat.
"John, Count de Tankerville, of Tankerville Castle, in Normandy, took part in the expedition against England, but returned after the battle of Hastings to his hereditary estates, leaving a son in the conquered country, who became chamberlain to Henry I., and whose son, Richard, assumed the surname of Chamberlain from his office." 
Early History of the Chambelain family
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Chambelain Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Chambelain is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Chamberland, Chambellain, Chamberlan, Chamberlain, Chambellan, Chambellayn, Chambelain, Chamberlayne, Chamberlaine, Chamberllayne, Chamberlayn, Chamberleine, Chamberlane, Chambelan, Chambelane, Chambelaine and many more.
Early Notables of the Chambelain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chambelain family
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Chambelain has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Chambelain were Mrs. Chamberlain who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1638; Mrs. Chamberlain who settled in San Francisco in 1853; Ann Chamberlain who settled in Maryland in 1741.
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The Chambelain 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: Virtuti nihil invium
Motto Translation: Nothing is impervious to valour.
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.