Galerd is a name whose history dates possibly as far back as 1066 when the Normans
first arrived in Britain following their Conquest of the island. It was a name for a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Galerd derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Galerd family
The surname Galerd 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 Galerd family
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Galerd Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Galerd include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Galerd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Galerd family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Galerds to arrive on North American shores: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.