The first family to use the name Chanselor lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was 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 Chanselor family were present in Lanarkshire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Chanselor family
The surname Chanselor 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 Chanselor family
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Chanselor Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Chanselor has been written as Chancellor, Chansellor, Chanceller, Chancellour and many more.
Early Notables of the Chanselor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chanselor family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 Chanselor 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.