Show ContentsGallallay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gallallay is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to 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 Gallallay family

The surname Gallallay 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 Gallallay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallallay research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1304, 1696, 1769, 1696, 1714, 1717, 1721 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Gallallay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gallallay Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Gallallay include Galley, Gallie, Gally, Galey, Gally and others.

Early Notables of the Gallallay 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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Migration of the Gallallay family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Gallallay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Galley purchased land in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637. In the same year Thomas Galley landed on the island of St. Christopher; William Galley settled in Virginia in 1637.



  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


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