islands and Western coastal mountains of Scotland
were once part of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada. The name Chanceler was born there, as a nickname
for a person who performed the duties of a Chancellor, or behaved in an authoritative manner. This surname is a nickname
, which derives from the Anglo-Norman-French word c(h)ancelier,
which was the name of an administrative position. Typically, this surname was given to someone who held this position. Members of the Chanceler family were present in Lanarkshire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Chanceler family
The surname Chanceler was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. There is early record of a composer Philippe Le Chancelier (c.1165-1236).
Early History of the Chanceler family
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Chanceler Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of Chanceler include Chancellor, Chansellor, Chanceller, Chancellour and many more.
Early Notables of the Chanceler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chanceler family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chanceler or a variant listed above: Captain Richard Chancellor from Lanarkshire
, who settled in Westmoreland county Virginia in 1682; William Chanceller who settled in Virginia in 1698; as well as Ann, James, Jane, John, Joseph, Robert, Thomas, and William Chancellor, who all arrived in Philadelphia in 1820..
The Chanceler 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: Que je surmonte
Motto Translation: May I excel.