The ancestors of the first families to use the name Chancelour lived in ancient Scotland
in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used 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 Chancelour family were present in Lanarkshire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Chancelour family
The surname Chancelour 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 Chancelour family
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Chancelour Spelling Variations
In various documents Chancelour has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Chancellor, Chansellor, Chanceller, Chancellour and many more.
Early Notables of the Chancelour family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chancelour family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chancelour family emigrate to North America: 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 Chancelour 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.