During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of McChambers was first used in France. Many names with Old French origins arrived in Scotland
in the 11th century with the Norman Conquest
. While the patronymic
and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the McChambers family, adopted the name of their occupation
as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname McChambers was an occupational name for a servant in the bedroom of a nobleman. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word "chambre" which means room, and refers to someone of the title chamberlain, which later came to signify a more administrative office in noble households.
Early Origins of the McChambers family
The surname McChambers was first found in Denbighshire
(Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales
, created by the Laws in Wales
Act 1536, where they held lands at Llewenne, granted to John de Chambre from the Earl of Lincoln, who was Constable of Chester. John was a "nobelle Normanne who entred Englaunde in ye traine of King Williaume."
Early History of the McChambers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McChambers research.Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1465, 1472, 1491, 1726, 1796, 1775, 1645, 1703, 1691, 1694, 1696, 1702, 1664 and are included under the topic Early McChambers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McChambers Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Chambers, Chalmers, Chamer, Chalmairs, Challmers and others.
Early Notables of the McChambers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McChambers family to Ireland
Some of the McChambers family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McChambers family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick Chalmers who settled in Virginia in 1716; Stephen Chalmers settled in New Jersey in 1713; James Chambers settled in Virginia in 1620; Robert Chambers settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.
The McChambers 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 Translation: I hope.