KANZLER Family History
Recorded in many spelling forms including Cancelier and Chancelier (France), Chancellor, Chancellar and Cancellor (England and Scotland), Cancellario and Cancellieri (Italy), and Canceller and Kanzler (Germany), this is one of the great status surnames of Europe. It was originally an occupational name for an adminstrator of the law court. The derivation being from the Roman (Latin) 'cancelli' meaning 'latice work'. In this context it described a grating behind which officials of the court sat, in order to divide them from the public.