Show ContentsChantler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chantler is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who makes and sells candles. More rarely, the surname Chantler 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 Chantler 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 Chantler family

The surname Chantler 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]

Another source notes that Matthew le Candeler from London, was also listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 and that William le Chandeler was found in the Assize Rolls for Essex in 1285. [3]

Early History of the Chantler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chantler 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 Chantler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chantler Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Chantler are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chantler include Chandler, Chandlers, Channdler, Channdlers, Candler, Chaundler and many more.

Early Notables of the Chantler 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 Chantler migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chantler or a variant listed above:

Chantler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Chantler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [4]
  • John Chantler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1840 [4]
  • Thomas Chantler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) Cou sty, Pennsylvania in 1840 [4]

Australia Chantler migration to Australia +

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

Chantler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jesse Chantler, (Chandler), (b. 1790), aged 33, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1841 [5]

New Zealand Chantler 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:

Chantler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Chantler, aged 19, a blacksmith, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chantler (post 1700) +

  • Christopher T. Chantler, Australian physicist at University of Melbourne, Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Christopher Steven 'Chris" Chantler (b. 1990), English footballer from Cheadle Hulme, England
  • Scott Chantler (b. 1972), Canadian cartoonist and illustrator, winner of Joe Shuster Award in the Comics for Kids, two-time Eisner Award nominated
  • Sir Cyril Chantler GBE FRCP FMedSci FRCPCH (b. 1939), British physician, Consultant Paediatrician at Guy's Hospital from 1971 to 2000

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  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. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 4th March 2021 from
  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook