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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Galleart was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Galleart derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

Galleart Early Origins



The surname Galleart 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.

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Galleart Spelling Variations


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Galleart Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

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Galleart Early History


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Galleart Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galleart research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1351 are included under the topic Early Galleart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Galleart Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Galleart Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galleart 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Galleart or a variant listed above: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.

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