The earliest origins of the family name Gales date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gales was originally derived form the Old English word gal,
which described a person as being pleasant and merry.
Early Origins of the Gales family
The surname Gales was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gales family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gales research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1546, 1628, 1678, 1635, 1702, 1671, 1701, 1680, 1721, 1647, 1721, 1670 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Gales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gales Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gales include Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.
Early Notables of the Gales family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include George Gale, Mayor of York; Theophilus Gale (1628-1678), an English educationalist, nonconformist and theologian of dissent from Kingsteignton, Devon; Thomas Gale (1635?-1702), an English classical scholar, antiquarian and cleric from Scruton, Yorkshire; Mildred Gale (1671-1701), born... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gales family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Gales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Gales, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877 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)
Gales Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Gales, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Gales (post 1700)
- Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales (1936-1995), American jazz double-bassist
- Joseph Gales Jr. (1786-1860), English-born, American journalist, son of Joseph Gales
- Kenny Gales (b. 1972), American former NFL football player for the Chicago Bears (1995)
- Winifred Marshall Gales (1761-1839), American novelist and memoirist
- Eric Gales (b. 1974), American blues-rock guitarist
- Joseph Gales (1761-1841), English journalist, newspaper publisher and politician, Editor of the Sheffield Register (1787–1794)