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The age-old Scottish surname Galloway was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Galloway family lived in Galloway, Scotland, an area covering what is now the counties of Kircudbright and Wigtown.

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In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Galloway has been spelled Galloway, Gallaway, Gallway, Gallowey, Gallaraw, Gallowray, Gallery and many more.

First found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from very early times.


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Galloway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galloway research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1405, 1430, 1606, and 1632 are included under the topic Early Galloway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Galloway Early Notables



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Galloway In Ireland



Some of the Galloway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Galloway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Charles Galloway who landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Charles Galloway, aged 19, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Mary and Richard Galloway who landed in Barbados in 1646
  • Richard Galloway, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • William Galloway, who arrived in Maryland in 1659

Galloway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • T. D. Galloway settled in Baltimore in 1820
  • Alexander Galloway settled in Georgia in 1821
  • John Galloway, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Samuel Galloway, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • Rose Galloway settled in New York in 1845


Galloway Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Lt. George Galloway U.E. (b.1750) born in Orange County, New York,USAfrom Orange County, New York, USA who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1783 he enlisted in 1779 serving in the Loyal Refugee Volunteers he died in 1813, married twice having 12 children
  • Mr. John Galloway U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Galloway Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Rev. George Galloway who arrived in York county, Ontario in 1814
  • Jessie Galloway who arrived in Victoria, county, Ontario in 1831

Galloway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Galloway, aged 34, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Galloway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • David Galloway landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Belmont
  • David Galloway, aged 20, a tailor, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Ann Galloway, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • John Galloway arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Malcolm Galloway, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867


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  • Jeff Galloway (b. 1945), American Olympic runner and author of Galloway's Book on Running
  • Samuel Galloway (1811-1872), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1855-1857)
  • Joseph Scott "Joey" Galloway (b. 1971), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Brigadier-General Floyed Emerson Galloway (1890-1955), American Commanding Officer Crissy field (1943)
  • Darrell L. Galloway, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Georgia, 2012
  • Daisy B. Galloway (1873-1957), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1927
  • Charles W. Galloway, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1924
  • Charles V. Galloway, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Oregon State Treasurer, 1928
  • Carolyn Galloway, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 108th District; Elected 1996; Elected unopposed 1996; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Barritt Galloway, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 5th District, 1926

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  • Golladays in America by Ralph Jacob Golladay.
  • Pioneer Families by Becky Hardin.
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