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The Galilea name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Galilea was originally a name given to someone who worked as a galleyman or rower. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright. Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer, the French name Chevalier and the German name Jeger, which means hunter. Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiffe, Squire and Abbott, are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.

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The surname Galilea was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Galilea are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Galilea include: Galley, Gallie, Gally, Galey, Gally and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galilea research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1304 is included under the topic Early Galilea History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Galilea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Galilea or a variant listed above: John Galley purchased land in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637. In the same year Thomas Galley landed on the island of St. Christopher; William Galley settled in Virginia in 1637.

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