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

The Gayleard family name dates back to 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England introduced a plethora of new names and words into Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Gayleard derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

First found in county Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gayleard research. Another 196 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gayleard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gayleard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gayleard or a variant listed above: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.

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The Gayleard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gayleard 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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