When William Brown Chalmers was born on 25 August 1849, in Netherley, Kincardineshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Joseph Chalmers, was 28 and his mother, Elizabeth Jamieson, was 23. He married Ann Napier on 1 February 1884, in Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Cookney, Kincardineshire, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 20 years and Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii, United States for about 30 years. He died on 6 May 1937, in Wainaku, Hawaii, Hawaii, United States, at the age of 87.
Scottish: from Older Scots chalmer ‘chamberlain’; compare Chambers . The mb was assimilated to mm; the l was purely graphic, indicating that the preceding a was long.
English: possibly a localized form of Challinor (see Challender ), with dissimilation of ln to lm in Chalner.