Last name: Chandler

This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and is an occupational name for a maker or seller of candles. The derivation is from the Middle English "cha(u)ndeler", ultimately from the Old French "chandelier", Late Latin "candelarius", a derivative of "candela" a candle, from "candere" to be bright, with the agent suffix "-er", one who does or works with (something). The name may also, more rarely, have denoted someone who was responsible for the lighting arrangements in a large house, or else one who owed rent in the form of wax or candles. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 13th Century (see below), and can also be found as Chantler and Candler. On February 13th 1562, the marriage of William Chandler and Agnes Gibbs took place at the Church of Harrow on the Hill, London. One of the earliest settlers in the new World was Arthur Chandler, who was recorded as living in Virginia on February 16th 1623. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a silver shield with two black bendlets between five pellets in saltire, the Crest being a black bull's head attired silver. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Matthew le Candeler, which was dated 1274, in the "Hundred Rolls of London", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272-1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jackie chandler curran
My grandpa ran away from home,as a young boy never spoke of home, there was 13 kids I believe they were from New York . Can't find anything on him.

Most Chandler's are of English descent. There are some Chandler's In Wales and Australia.

This is our family crest reflecting the blue an the silver; I have seen the identical with red substituting the blue. I was told that means "wartime vs. peacetime." Does anyone know of another explanation for the color differences? Thank you!

Dawn nee Chandler
How fasinating all this info is

Mike Tonon

My great grandmother was Irene Chandler, of Deep River, CT. Born around 1906. My close family never knew her, because she took off when my grandma, her daughter, was only around 3.

Robert Chandler (UK)

I was always under the impression "Chandler" referred to a candle maker. However, recently someone told me it was also the name of the person on old ships in charge of knots, not sure how true that was though.