Chandler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The founding heritage of the Chandler family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Chandler comes from when one of the family worked as a person who makes and sells candles. More rarely, the surname Chandler may have been applied to someone who had the responsibility of lighting the candles in a large house or someone who owed rent in the form of wax or candles. The surname Chandler is derived from the Old English words chaundeler and chandeler, which in turn come from the Old French word chandelier. This is derived from the late Latin word candelarius, which comes from the word candela, which means candle. This Latin word comes from the word candere, which means to be bright. [1]

Early Origins of the Chandler family

The surname Chandler was first found in Yorkshire where the first record was that of the occupation: Nicholas de Malton, candelery 7 Edward II (Freemen of York.) Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Matilda Candeler. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Reginald le Chandeler, London; and William Candelarius, Leicestershire. [2]

Early History of the Chandler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chandler research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1296, 1330, 1567, 1566, 1548, 1668, 1750, 1693, 1697, 1701, 1703, 1687, 1745, 1687, 1693, 1766 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Chandler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chandler Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Chandler has been spelled many different ways, including Chandler, Chandlers, Channdler, Channdlers, Candler, Chaundler and many more.

Early Notables of the Chandler family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Chandler (1668?-1750), Bishop of Durham, son of Samuel Chandler of Dublin. "He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and in 1693 became M.A., was ordained priest, and appointed chaplain to Lloyd, bishop of Winchester. In 1697 he became prebendary of Lichfield; became D.D. in 1701, and in 1703 received the stall in Salisbury vacant by the death...
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United States Chandler migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Chandlers to arrive in North America:

Chandler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Chandler, who arrived in America in 1620 [3]
  • John Chandler who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Arthur Chandler, settled in Virginia 1623
  • Arthur Chandler, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • Arthure Chandler, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Chandler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Chandler, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720 [3]
  • Thomas Bradbury Chandler, who arrived in New Jersey in 1751 [3]
  • John Chandler, who arrived in America in 1758 [3]
  • John Chandler, went to Maryland 1774
Chandler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Chandler, aged 46, who landed in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Joseph Chandler, aged 46, who landed in New York in 1812 [3]
  • R Chandler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • S Chandler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • Salmon Chandler, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Chandler migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chandler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Chandler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. Joshua Chandler U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Joshua Chandler U.E. born in New Haven County, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 graduated from Yale in 1747 [4]
  • Mr. Nathaniel Chandler U.E. who settled in Portland [North End], Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Chandler U.E. born in New Haven County, Connecticut, USA who settled in Nova Scotia c. 1783 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Chandler migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chandler Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Chandler, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
Chandler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Chandler, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Moses Chandler, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Eliza Chandler, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Charles Chandler a ploughman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "John Pirie" in 1836 [9]
  • Elizabeth Chandler, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "John Pirie" in 1836 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Chandler migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Chandler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Chandler, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [10]
  • Miss Mary Chandler, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th March 1852 [10]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Chandler, (b. 1830), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [10]
  • Mr. William Chandler, (b. 1830), aged 28, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [10]
  • Sophia E. Chandler, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harkaway" in 1858
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Chandler (post 1700) +

  • Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler Sr. (1898-1991), American politician, 44th and 49th Governor of Kentucky (1955-1959) and (1935-1939)
  • David Chandler (1944-2017), American physical chemist and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Brigadier-General Rex Eugene Chandler (1901-1964), American Deputy Chief of Staff, 4th Army (1946-1947) [11]
  • Jeff Chandler (1918-1961), American film actor and singer
  • Theophilus Parsons Chandler Jr. (1845-1928), Philadelphia architect and founder of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959), American detective story writer
  • Alfred DuPont Chandler Jr. (1918-2007), American professor of business history at Harvard Business School
  • Rear Admiral Theodore Edson Chandler (1894-1945), American Naval officer who commanded battleship and cruiser divisions in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets
  • George Chandler (1898-1985), American actor
  • Zachariah Chandler (1813-1879), American politician, U.S. Senator from Michigan and Secretary of the Interior (1875-77)
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Ray Chandler, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
  • Nick Chandler, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Alfred J Chandler (b. 1900), English Master at Arms serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Alfred Chandler, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Edward Chandler, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Edwin R. Chandler, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Donald Ross Chandler, American Private from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [16]


Suggested Readings for the name Chandler +

  • 975 "Chancler Ancestry of Kate (Chandler) Rhodes" by Dorothy Keen.

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Pirie 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836JohnPirie.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Rex Chandler. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Chandler/Rex_Eugene/USA.html
  12. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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