The earliest origins of the Gaall surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gaall was originally derived form the Old English word gal,
which described a person as being pleasant and merry.
Early Origins of the Gaall family
The surname Gaall was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gaall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaall research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1546, 1628, 1678, 1635, 1702, 1671, 1701, 1680, 1721, 1647, 1721, 1670 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Gaall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gaall Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Gaall 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 Gaall include: Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.
Early Notables of the Gaall family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include George Gale, Mayor of York; Theophilus Gale (1628-1678), an English educationalist, nonconformist and theologian of dissent from Kingsteignton, Devon; Thomas Gale (1635?-1702), an English classical scholar, antiquarian and cleric from Scruton, Yorkshire; Mildred Gale (1671-1701), born... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gaall family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Gaall or a variant listed above: John Gale who settled in New England
in 1656; another John settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife Mary; Richard Gale settled in Barbados in 1635; John Gale settled in Barbados in 1685.