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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Gal is the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.

Gal Early Origins



The surname Gal was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Gal Spelling Variations


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Gal Spelling Variations



The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Gal has appeared as MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

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Gal Early History


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Gal Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gal research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early Gal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gal Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gal Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gal In Ireland


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Gal In Ireland



Some of the Gal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Gal were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Gal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jose Gal, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1869
  • Juan Gal, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gal (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gal (post 1700)



  • Uziel "Uzi" Gal (1923-2002), born Gotthard Glas, a German-born Israeli gun designer, best remembered as the designer and namesake of the Uzi submachine gun
  • Minya Csaba Gál (b. 1985), Romanian rugby union footballer
  • Sándor Gál (1868-1937), Hungarian lawyer and politician, Speaker of the House of Representatives between 1909 and 1910

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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    The Gal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gal 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 November 2015 at 07:56.

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