The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Gailie family have grown. The name Gailie was given to a member of the family who was a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gailie was originally derived form the Old English word gal,
which described a person as being pleasant and merry.
Early Origins of the Gailie family
The surname Gailie 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 Gailie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gailie 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 Gailie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gailie Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gailie family name include Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.
Early Notables of the Gailie 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 Gailie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gailie family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Gailie surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.