Origin of the Name Chambers
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Chambers
include Chamber, Chamberlain, Chalmer and Chalmers. Chambers is a form of Chamberlain, both surnames arising from the exchequer room in which revenue was paid. To pay in cameram was to pay into the exchequer, and the camerarius, or chamberlain, had charge thereof. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent, from 'de la Chambre', spreading throughout England , Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Walter de la Chaumbre, Lincolnshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A Johannes Chaumburlayne was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the west Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. In Scotland the correct forms are Chalmer and Chamber. A Robert de la Chaumbre rendered homage in Lanarkshire in the year 1296, and a James Chamber had safe conduct to England in the year 1465.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The name is also associated with County Mayo. The name MacCambridge from the Gaelic Mac Ambrois, is also occasionally anglicized as Chambers.
The Chambers coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Chambers descendants.