following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Galart family have grown. The name Galart was given to a member of the family who was a
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Galart include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Galarts to arrive on North American shores: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.