The name Galer comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Galer derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Galer family
The surname Galer was first found in county Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Galer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galer research.Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1351 are included under the topic Early Galer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Galer Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Galer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Galer family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Galer or a variant listed above:
Galer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ralph Galer, who arrived in Colorado in 1886 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Galer (post 1700)
- Major Robert Edward Galer, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor
- Robert E. Galer, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Marine Corps, during World War II, credited with 13 aerial victories
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- ^ 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)