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The Gaillard family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Gaillard derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

Gaillard Early Origins



The surname Gaillard 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.

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Gaillard Spelling Variations


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Gaillard Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gaillard have been found, including Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

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Gaillard Early History


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Gaillard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaillard research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1351 are included under the topic Early Gaillard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaillard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gaillard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaillard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gaillard were among those contributors:

Gaillard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anto Gaillard, aged 38, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • John Gaillard, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Elizabeth Gaillard, who arrived in South Carolina in 1695-1696

Gaillard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Gaillard, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Bernard Gaillard, who arrived in New Orleans in 1746
  • Leonard Gaillard, his wife Marguerite Mansou and their eight children, who all came from Lyon to New France between the years 1632 and 1760

Gaillard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • I M Gaillard, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Fidele Gaillard, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1888

Gaillard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Marguerite Gaillard, who arrived in Canada in 1632
  • Francois Gaillard, who arrived in Canada in 1643
  • Christophe Gaillard, who was on record in Montreal in 1653
  • Jean Gaillard, who came to Montreal in 1661
  • Marguerite Gaillard, an orphan sent to Quebec in 1664

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaillard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaillard (post 1700)



  • John Gaillard (1765-1826), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1794-96; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1796-1804; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1804-26
  • Franklin Gaillard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1860
  • John Gaillard (1765-1826), American politician
  • Felix Gaillard (1919-1970), French politician, prime minister of France in 1957-1958
  • Claude Ferdinand Gaillard (1834-1887), French engraver and painter
  • Gabriel Henri Gaillard (1726-1806), French historian

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Gaillard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaillard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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