Origins Available: English
The ancient history of the name Gaillart began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest
occurred. It was a name given to a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Gaillart derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gaillart family
The surname Gaillart 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 Gaillart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaillart research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1351 are included under the topic Early Gaillart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gaillart Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gaillart are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gaillart include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gaillart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaillart family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gaillart Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Christophe Gaillart, who arrived in Montreal in 1667