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During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Chambers 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 Chambers 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 Chambers 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.

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The surname Chambers 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.".

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chambers 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 Chambers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Chambers 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chambers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Chambers, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • James Chambers settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Thomas Chambers settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Chambers, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Alice Chambers who settled in Virginia in 1623
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Chambers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane Chambers, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Joseph Chambers settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Joseph Chambers, who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Patrick Chambers, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Lillias Chambers, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
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Chambers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Chambers settled in New York City in 1804
  • Edward Chambers, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • William Chambers, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Win Chambers, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Ann Chambers, who arrived in America in 1805
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Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Chambers settled in Salvage, Newfoundland in 1676

Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Chambers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Chambers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Chambers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Chambers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • William Chambers settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1779
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Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Chambers, aged 19, arrived in Canada in 1811
  • John Chambers, aged 19, landed in Canada in 1811
  • James Chambers, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • George Chambers, aged 17, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Elizabeth Chambers, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
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Chambers Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • R T Chambers, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Chambers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Chambers, a harness-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Catherine Chambers arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Priscilla Chambers arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Benjamin Chambers arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Emily Chambers arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
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Chambers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • John Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Mary Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Mary Ann Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Sarah Jean Chambers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
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  • Brigadier-General William Earl Chambers (1892-1952), American Chief of Operations Division, G-3 Section, US Army Forces Pacific (1945)
  • Jay Vivian "Whittaker" Chambers (1901-1961), American writer, editor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers (1935-1969), American jazz bassist
  • Colonel Justice Marion Chambers (1908-1982), American Marine Corps officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • William Paris Chambers (1854-1913), American composer, cornet soloist, and bandmaster
  • Robert William Chambers (1865-1933), American artist and writer
  • Robert Stanley Chambers QC (1953-2013), New Zealand judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand
  • Stuart Chambers (b. 1937), New Zealand ornithologist
  • J.K. "Jack" Chambers (b. 1938), Canadian ling Uist, and a well-known expert on language variation and change
  • Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers (1866-1954), English literary critic and Shakespearean scholar
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Chambers Historic Events



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RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Guy Winstaney P. Chambers, American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Ethel Chambers, American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Bertha Chambers, (née Griggs), aged 32, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5
  • Mr. Norman Campbell Chambers, aged 27, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5
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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



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    4. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Chambers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chambers 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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