The ancient Dalriadan kingdom consisted of the Hebrides
islands, and the rugged mountains of Scotland
west coast. The name Chancell began in this region; it was 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 Chancell family were present in Lanarkshire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Chancell family
The surname Chancell 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 Chancell family
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Chancell Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Chancell has been spelled Chancellor, Chansellor, Chanceller, Chancellour and many more.
Early Notables of the Chancell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chancell family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Chancell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Chancell 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.