Galbreath History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Galbreath was a name for a person who came from Briton. The surname Galbreath 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. Galbreath 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 Galbreath family settled in Angus, prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Galbreath family

The surname Galbreath 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.

Early History of the Galbreath family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galbreath research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1543, 1528, 1528 and are included under the topic Early Galbreath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Galbreath Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Galbreath include Galbraith, Galbreath, Galbreith, Galbreth, Galbrith, Galberth and many more.

Early Notables of the Galbreath family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Galbraith (d. 1543), Scottish judge, "a priest and treasurer of the Chapel Royal at Stirling, in which capacity he received a charter of the lands of Mydwyn Schelis, near Berwick, dated 5 July 1528. He...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galbreath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Galbreath family to Ireland

Some of the Galbreath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Galbreath migration to the United States +

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Galbreath:

Galbreath Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Galbreath, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1774 [1]
  • Angus and his wife Katrine Galbreath, who settled in Wilmington in 1774
  • Angus Galbreath, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774 [1]
Galbreath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Galbreath, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Rachael Galbreath, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Rachel Galbreath, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Henry Galbreath, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1855 [1]
  • Samuel Galbreath, who landed in Mississippi in 1856 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Galbreath (post 1700) +

  • Louis Hutchinson Galbreath (1861-1899), American educator who specialized in training teachers
  • Charles Burleigh Galbreath (1858-1934), American writer, historian, educator, and librarian
  • Frank Galbreath (1913-1971), American jazz trumpeter
  • Tony Dale Galbreath (b. 1954), former American football running back
  • Harry Galbreath (1965-2010), American football player
  • John Wilmer Galbreath (1897-1988), American building contractor, sportsman and philanthropist

The Galbreath Motto +

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.

  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
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