Show ContentsGaley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Galey can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a galley-man. One source notes that these people were "rowers" [1] while another notes that "these were commonly called gallie-men, as men that came up in the gallies, who brought up wines and other merchandizes, which they landed in Thames-strete, at a place called Galley- key." [2]

Early Origins of the Galey family

The surname Galey was first found in Yorkshire where Henry Galye was first listed in the Assize Rolls of 1219. Years later, Adam del Galay was listed in 1304. [1]

Early History of the Galey family

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Galey Spelling Variations

Galey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Galey have been found, including Galley, Gallie, Gally, Galey, Gally and others.

Early Notables of the Galey family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Gally (1696-1769), English divine and classical scholar, son of the Rev. Peter Gally, a French Protestant refugee, was born at Beckenham, Kent, in August 1696. He was admitted a pensioner of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, under the tuition of Mr. Fawcett...
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Galey Ranking

In the United States, the name Galey is the 12,054th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Galey migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Galeys to arrive on North American shores:

Galey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Galey in Virginia in 1650
  • Thomas Galey, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [4]
Galey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Galey, who arrived in America in 1760 [4]
  • John Galey, who settled in America in 1762
Galey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Galey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [4]
  • Wister Galey, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [4]
  • Anne Galey, who arrived in New York NY in 1816 [4]
  • Eliza Galey, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • Oliver Galey in Pennsylvania in 1844

Australia Galey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Galey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Galey, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. George Galey, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Isaac Galey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [7]
  • Mary Ann Galey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [7]
  • Thomas Galey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Galey (post 1700) +

  • Erin Galey, American producer, known for her work on Sahasi Chori (2013), Girltrash: All Night Long (2014) and Frankincense & Myrrh (2012)

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from on Facebook