Show ContentsGalban History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Galban, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Galban, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Galban is a habitation name, which is a type of local surname that is derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Galban family

The surname Galban was first found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.

Early History of the Galban family

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Galban Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gallego, Gallegos and others.

Early Notables of the Galban family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family Fernando Gallego (c.1440-1507), a Spanish painter, his art is generally regarded as Hispano-Flemish in style, who decorated many churches in the regions of Leon and Extremadura...
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United States Galban migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Galban Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Galban, who landed in New Spain in 1835 [1]
  • Juan Galban, who landed in Florida in 1838 [1]
  • Mariano Galban, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Galban (post 1700) +

  • Manuel Galbán (1931-2011), Cuban Grammy Award winning guitarist, pianist and arranger

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook