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The ancient Scottish name Galbraith is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a person who came from Briton. The surname Galbraith comes from the Gaelic words gall, which means stranger, and Bhreathnach, which means Briton. This surname was given to those who were described as the strangers from Briton. Galbraith is therefore a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. Members of the Galbraith family settled in Angus, prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.
The surname Galbraith was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire where the first Galbraith chief can be traced back to the 12th century. As this chief married a daughter of the Earl of Lennox the house must have been of a noble status. Sir William Galbraith, who was the fourth Chief of the Clan, became highly involved with Scottish national affairs. He was a co-regent of Scotland in 1255, serving a guardian of the young King Alexander III.
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Galbraith has appeared Galbraith, Galbreath, Galbreith, Galbreth, Galbrith, Galberth and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galbraith research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1594 is included under the topic Early Galbraith History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Galbraith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Galbraith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Galbraith name:
Galbraith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Galbraith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Galbraith Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Galbraith Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Galbraith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Galbraith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ab Obice Suavior
Motto Translation: Stronger when opposed.
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Galbraith
Galberry, Galberth, Galbraigh, Galbraith, Galbraithy, Galbraord, Galbraorde, Galbraork, Galbraorth, Galbraorthe, Galbraorthy, Galbreath, Galbreith, Galbreithy, Galbreord, Galbreorde, Galbreork, Galbreorth, Galbreorthe, Galbreorthy, Galbreth, Galbrith, Galbrithy, Galbrord, Galbrorde, Galbrork, Galbrorth, Galbrorthe, Galbrorthy, Gilbreath and more.
The Galbraith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Galbraith 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.
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