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Multiple Origins for the Surname Chamberlain


English


Chamberlain is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Chamberlain is for 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, chamberlanc.

Chamberlain Early Origins



The surname Chamberlain was first found in Oxfordshire where they claim descent from John, Count de Tankerville, of Tankerville Castle in Normandy who accompanied Duke William on his Conquest of England only to return after the battle of Hastings to his hereditary estates. He left a son in England who became chamberlain to Henry I., and whose son, Richard assumed the surname of Chamberlain from his office. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
The principal line of the descendants were the Chamberlaynes of Sherborne in Oxfordshire. The hamlet of Stoney Thorpe in Warwickshire was home to a branch of the family. "The family of Chamberlayne, formerly of Princethorpe, in the county, has been seated here for many centuries; Henry Thomas Chamberlayne, Esq., is the present owner." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Chamberlain Spelling Variations


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Chamberlain Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Chamberlain, Chamberlayne, Chamberlaine, Chamblayn, Chamberlin, Camberlain, Camberlan, Camblayn and many more.

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Chamberlain Early History


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Chamberlain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chamberlain research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1703, 1619, 1689, 1560, 1631, 1572, 1626, 1540, 1596, 1576, 1813, 1632, 1715, 1632, 1720, 1667, 1691, 1690, 1625, 1643, 1643, 1635 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Chamberlain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chamberlain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chamberlain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Chamberlayne (1616-1703), an English writer, best known as the author of The Present State of England; William Chamberlayne (1619-1689), an English poet and physician; Pierre(Peter) Chamberlen the Elder (1560-1631), and Peter the Younger (1572-1626), two brothers and sons of Guillaume (William) Chamberlen...

Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chamberlain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chamberlain In Ireland


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Chamberlain In Ireland



Some of the Chamberlain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Chamberlain or a variant listed above:

Chamberlain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Leon Chamberlain, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Henry Chamberlain, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Mrs. Chamberlain who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1638
  • Henry Chamberlain settled in Hingham, in 1638
  • Christian Chamberlain who settled in Boston in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chamberlain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Chamberlain, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1701-1703
  • Peter Chamberlain, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1701-1703
  • Mary, Chamberlain Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1701-1703
  • Matthew Chamberlain, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Abel Chamberlain, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740-1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chamberlain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Chamberlain, who arrived in America in 1801-1802
  • Benjamin Chamberlain who settled in America in 1801
  • Miss Chamberlain, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Mr. Chamberlain, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • A Chamberlain, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chamberlain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jacob Bailey Chamberlain, "Jacob Bayley" U.E. who settled in Midland District [Frontenac & Lennox and Addington], Ontario c. 1783 [3]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
  • Mr. Theophilus Chamberlain U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]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

Chamberlain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Wyatt Chamberlain, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Chamberlain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Chamberlain, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Henry Chamberlain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
  • Martha Chamberlain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm
  • Ellen Mary Chamberlain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm
  • Eliza Chamberlain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chamberlain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Chamberlain landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Chamberlain landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • W Chamberlain landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • John Chamberlain, aged 23, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Caroline Chamberlain, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" 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 Chamberlain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chamberlain (post 1700)



  • Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain (b. 1936), American basketball player who holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History of 1996
  • Charles A. Chamberlain, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 20th District, 1893-94; Member of South Dakota State Senate 15th District, 1895-96
  • Calvin T. Chamberlain, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 6th District, 1843-46
  • C. N. Chamberlain, American politician, Mayor of Zephyrhills, Florida, 1960-63
  • Bernice B. Chamberlain, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Marquette County, 1961
  • Beverly Chamberlain, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Calhoun County 1st District, 1952
  • Benjamin Chamberlain, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Woodstock, 1833
  • Arthur L. Chamberlain, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996
  • Alvin B. Chamberlain, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State Senate Fourth Worcester District, 1905
  • Alvin Chamberlain, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Livingston County 1st District, 1851-52
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Chamberlain Historic Events


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Chamberlain Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Henry S Chamberlain (b. 1916), English Corporal serving for the Royal Marine from Silverton, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. George Chamberlain, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Norman Victor Chamberlain, British Canteen Assistant NAAFI, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Richard Chamberlain, English Night Watchman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Suggested Readings for the name Chamberlain


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Suggested Readings for the name Chamberlain



  • Descendants of William Chambers by John Phillips.
  • Tales from the Past: Our Family (the Chambers Family) in America by Frank Griffin.

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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: Prodesse quam conspici
Motto Translation: To do good rather than be conspicuous.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Chamberlain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chamberlain 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.

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