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The ancestry of the name Galey can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a galleyman or rower. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright. Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer, the French name Chevalier and the German name Jeger, which means hunter. Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiffe, Squire and Abbott, are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.

Galey Early Origins



The surname Galey was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Galey Spelling Variations


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Galey Spelling Variations



Galey has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Galley, Gallie, Gally, Galey, Gally and others.

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Galey Early History


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Galey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galey research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1304 is included under the topic Early Galey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Galey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Galey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Galey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Galey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Galey, who arrived in America in 1760
  • John Galey settled in America in 1762

Galey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Galey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Wister Galey, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Anne Galey, who arrived in New York NY in 1816
  • Eliza Galey, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Oliver Galey in Pennsylvania in 1844

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • Isaac Galey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  • Mary Ann Galey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  • Thomas Galey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  • Elizabeth Galey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Galey (post 1700)


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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)

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Galey Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Galey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Galey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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