Originally, Chansellor 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 Chansellor family were present in Lanarkshire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Chansellor family
The surname Chansellor 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 Chansellor family
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Chansellor Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Chansellor has appeared in various documents spelled Chancellor, Chansellor, Chanceller, Chancellour and many more.
Early Notables of the Chansellor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chansellor family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Chansellor, 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 Chansellor 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.