From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Galelei family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany
found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Galelei is a name for a person with some of the attributes associated with a bird, such as a fine voice or sexual prowess. The name, which was also very popular in Spain
during the Middle Ages, is derived from the Latin word Gallus which means rooster.
Early Origins of the Galelei family
The surname Galelei was first found in northern Italy which today incorporates the provinces of Cremona, Brescia, Pisa and the city of Florence. The earliest records of the surname Galelei date back to Florence, where the Galigai family can be traced to 1039.
Early History of the Galelei family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galelei research.Another 29 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1497, 1381, 1528, 1576, 1624, 1595, 1671, 1510, 1540, 1564, 1615, 1632, 1590, 1636, 1714, 1737, 1850 and 1868 are included under the topic Early Galelei History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Galelei Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Galelei include Galli, Gallo, Gall, Gallis, Gallelli, Gallello, Galletti, Galigai, Gallico, Galelei, Galladei, Galeota, Galizzi, Gallego, Gallini, Gallino, Gallucci, Galluccio, Galluzzi, Gallus, Galliussi, Gallozzi, Gallotti, Galloni, Gallone, Gallarini and many more.
Early Notables of the Galelei family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Galeota, born in 1497 in Naples, who was a poet and a nobleman. Eighteen members of the Galilei family of Florence became priests between 1381 and 1528. Giulio Cesare la Galla (1576-1624), was Professor of philosophy at the Collegio Romano in Italy. Maria... Another 258 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galelei Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Galelei family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Galelei were found: Domenico Gallo, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1836; Joseph Galli, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1878. Fortune Gallo, born in Torremaggiore in 1878, arrived in New York City at the age of 16 and founded the San Carlo Opera Company..