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Gailard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The family name Gailard dates back to the beginnings of the Norman culture in Britain - the Norman Conquest of 1066. Originally, Gailard was a name given to a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Gailard derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

Early Origins of the Gailard family

The surname Gailard was 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.

Early History of the Gailard family

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Gailard Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gailard were recorded, including Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

Early Notables of the Gailard family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gailard family to the New World and Oceana

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gailard arrived in North America very early: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.

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