Explore the Family Name Chambers

The meaning of Chambers

English: 1. from Middle English chaumbre ‘room (in a house); reception room in a palace or official building’ (Old French chambre). It is identical in implied function with the Chamberlain, which denoted an official: to pay in cameram was to pay into the exchequer, of which the camerarius or chamberer was in charge. The surname also applied to clerks employed there. As the office of Chamberlain rose in the social scale, this term remained reserved for more humble servants of the bedchamber or private quarters. 2. (of Norman origin): habitational name from Les Chambres, Manche (France).

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How common is the last name Chambers in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Chambers has seen a slight fluctuation in popularity over a decade. In 2000, Chambers was ranked 305th most popular surname in the United States with 90,325 individuals carrying the name. However, by 2010, even though the count of people with this surname had increased to 94,988, the rank dropped to 326th due to other surnames gaining more popularity. The proportion per 100,000 people also saw a dip of about 3.82% during this period.

20002010Change
Rank#305#326-6.89%
Count90,32594,9885.16%
Proportion per 100k33.4832.2-3.82%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Chambers

The ethnic identity associated with the surname Chambers as shown by the Decennial U.S. Census data varied significantly between 2000 and 2010. White ethnicity decreased from 68.80% to 65.70%, whereas Black ethnicity showed a marginal increase from 26.93% to 28.50%. The Hispanic representation amongst individuals with this surname witnessed the highest growth rate, jumping from 1.57% to 2.47%. Those identifying with two or more races also increased from 1.78% to 2.29%. A small increase was noticed in the Asian/Pacific Islander category, moving from 0.36% to 0.45%. Lastly, the American Indian and Alaskan Native group experienced a minimal change, rising from 0.56% to 0.58%.

20002010Change
White68.8%65.7%-4.51%
Black26.93%28.5%5.83%
Hispanic1.57%2.47%57.32%
Two or More Races1.78%2.29%28.65%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.56%0.58%3.57%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.36%0.45%25%

Chambers ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Chambers is British & Irish, which comprises 55.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.2%) and Nigerian (4.0%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Italian, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish55.4%
French & German20.2%
Nigerian4.0%
Other20.3%
Chambers

Possible origins of the surname Chambers

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Chambers have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom84.80%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom84.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom84.50%
Merseyside, United Kingdom84.50%
West Midlands, United Kingdom84.10%

What Chambers haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Chambers is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-P311 and R-S675, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Brown, Taylor, Thompson, Smith, Wilson, Walker, Patterson, Thomas, Robinson, Williams.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Chambers surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

chambersPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Chambers have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.

Preferences

Chambers

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Chambers" Surname 39.8%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Chambers

Misophonia

When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Chambers" Surname 25.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Chambers

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Chambers" Surname 22.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Chambers

Migraine

A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Chambers" Surname 18.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Chambers?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Chambers are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%