Galey 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"  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." 
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. 
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...
In the United States, the name Galey is the 12,054th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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
Galey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Galey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Galey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century