Gallaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the Anglo- Normans began to settle in Ireland, they brought the tradition of local surnames to an island which already had a Gaelic naming system of hereditary surnames established. Unlike the Irish, the Anglo- Normans had an affinity for local surnames. Local surnames, such as Gallaway, were formed from the names of a place or a geographical landmark where the person lived, held land, or was born. The earliest Anglo-Norman surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they created names that referred to where they actually resided. Therefore, English places were used for names when the Normans lived in England, and then Irish places after these particular Anglo- Normans had been settled in Ireland for some time. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. However, this type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or it was eliminated entirely. The Gallaway family originally lived in either of two places. The Gallaway family of Ulster derives its name from the region of Galloway in southern Scotland, which lies nearby. However, the southern Gallaway family probably derives its surname from the city or county of Galway in Ireland.

Early Origins of the Gallaway family

The surname Gallaway was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were granted land by Strongbow after the invasion of 1172.

Important Dates for the Gallaway family

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Gallaway Spelling Variations

Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations for the name Gallaway include: Galwey, Galswey, Galway, Gallway, Gallwey and many more.

Early Notables of the Gallaway family (pre 1700)

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Gallaway migration to the United States

In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Gallaway:

Gallaway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Gallaway, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • Mary Gallaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]
Gallaway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Gallaway, who landed in Virginia in 1724 [1]
  • Margtt Gallaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1724 [1]
  • Marsh Gallaway, who landed in Virginia in 1724 [1]
Gallaway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Gallaway, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [1]

Gallaway migration to Australia

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

Gallaway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Gallaway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1849 [2]
  • Mrs. Anne Gallaway, (b. 1794), aged 62, Cornish housekeeper travelling aboard the ship "Cressy" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th January 1856 [3]
  • Mr. James Gallaway, (b. 1832), aged 24, Cornish agricultural labourer travelling aboard the ship "Cressy" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th January 1856 [3]
  • Mr. Moses Gallaway, (b. 1838), aged 18, Cornish agricultural labourer travelling aboard the ship "Cressy" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th January 1856 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gallaway (post 1700)

  • Robert Gallaway (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
  • Roger John Gallaway (b. 1948), Canadian educator and retired politician
  • Iain Watson Gallaway (b. 1922), former commentator on the New Zealand radio station Radio Sport
  • Sam Gallaway (b. 1992), Australian footballer

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DOROTHY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Dorothy.htm
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
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