The name Gaillearde is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Gaillearde derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gaillearde family
The surname Gaillearde 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 Gaillearde family
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Gaillearde Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gaillearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaillearde family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Gaillearde or a variant listed above: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.