Chantry comes from an English surname via Old French chanterie which comes from French chanter meaning “to sing”. It comes from Latin cantare which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It originated as an endowment of a priest to sing daily mass for the souls of specific people. It may also have originated as a nickname for the servant of a chantry priest, or as a locational name for someone who lived near a chantry chapel.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Chantree (English)
  • Chantrie (English)
  • Chantrey (English)




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