The surname Chalmers is of English origin. It was an occupational name for someone employed in the private living quarters of his master, rather than in the public halls of the manor. The name was originally a title signifieing an officer charged with the managment of the private chambers of a soveriegn or nobleman. It is derived from the Middle English ‘chaumbre’, Old French ‘chambre’, room ( in a house ), ‘reception room in a palace’. It was originally identical with Chamberlain, but as that office rose in the social scale, this term remained reserved for more humble servants of the bed chamber. It was later used of a chamber-attendant, ‘chamberman, chambermaid’. To pay in ‘cameram’ was to pay into the exchequer of which the ‘camerarius’ was in charge. The surname also applies to those employed there. The name dates back to the twelfth century were a Nicholas de Chambers is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to America by English immigrants. One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to America is that of a George… Coat of arms: Gules a checron between three cinquefoils or. Crest-Out…
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