Chandler \ch(a)-nd-ler, chan-dler\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Chandler), is pronounced CHAND-ler. It is of Middle English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Chandler is "candle maker and seller". From "chandele" meaning "candle". Occupational name and surname. The extended term "retail dealer" came up in the 16th century. The name is popular for use as a given name, probably due to the character of Chandler Bing on the TV series "Friends".