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Where did the German Gall family come from? What is the German Gall family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gall family history?

The distinguished German surname Gall is derived from the Celtic word "Gallus," meaning "foreigner, stranger." During the Middle Ages, the name was popular throughout Europe in various forms due to the fame of St. Gall, a 7th century Irish monk. "Gall" was initially bestowed as a personal name in Germany, and was likely transformed into a surname during the late 11th century.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gall, Gallus, Gaul, Gaw, Galuska, Galusha, Galuscha, Galluska, Gallusha, Galle, Kala, Kalis and many more.

First found in various regions of Germany. The surname emerged independently in the regions of Bavaria, Pomerania, Silesia, and Oldenburg, creating several branches of the family as early as the 13th century. The young Gall family was instrumental during this early period, each branch playing a major role in the development of medieval German society in its particular region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gall research. Another 190 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1601, 1650, 1812, 1815, 1846, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Gall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gall Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Edwd Gall, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Rosina Gall, who arrived in New York, NY in 1749
  • Johan Freiderich Gall, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • H Christoph Gall, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Christopher Gall who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753


Gall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Gall settled in New York State with his family in 1820
  • Ludwig Gall, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1820
  • John Gall, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Alois Dominie Gall, who immigrated to Pittsburgh in 1843
  • William Gall, who arrived in Maryland in 1844


Gall Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Peter Gall, who landed in America in 1900
  • Julianna Gall, aged 60, arrived in America in 1900
  • Louisa Gall, aged 19, landed in America in 1900
  • Christine Gall, aged 4, landed in America in 1900
  • Edward Gall, aged 2, landed in America in 1900


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  • Joseph Grafton Gall (b. 1928), American Professor of Biology, Connecticut
  • John Gall, American author and retired pediatrician
  • Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828), German neuroanatomist, physiologist
  • France Gall (b. 1947), French singer
  • James Gall (1808-1895), Scottish clergyman
  • Kevin Gall (b. 1982), Welsh footballer
  • Sandy Gall (b. 1927), British journalist and newscaster
  • Yvonne Gall (1885-1972), operatic soprano


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  • Genealogy, Gall and Nothstine Families, 1730-1964 by Agnes Nothstine.
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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Gall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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