Galleard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The proud Norman name of Galleard was developed in England soon after Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was name for a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Galleard derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

Early Origins of the Galleard family

The surname Galleard was first found in county Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Galleard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galleard research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1351 are included under the topic Early Galleard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Galleard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Galleard have been found, including Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

Early Notables of the Galleard family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galleard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Galleard family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Galleard were among those contributors: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.

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