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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Gallen family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Gallen surname derives from the Old French word "galer," which meant "to enjoy oneself;" and as such was a nickname for a cheerful or high-spirited person.

Gallen Early Origins



The surname Gallen was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where they held a family seat.

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Gallen Spelling Variations


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Gallen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gallant, Gallante, Gallont, Galant, Gallantes, Galante, Galantes, Gallonte, Gallontes, Galonte, Galontes, Callant, Callantes, Callante, Callont, Calant, Calante, Calantes, Callonte, Callontes, Calonte, Calontes, Galland, Galand, Galen, Gallen, Galande, Gallande, Galandes, Gallandes, Galland and many more.

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Gallen Early History


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Gallen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallen research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1811, 1646 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Gallen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gallen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gallen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallen 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gallen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Gallen, who came to Maryland in 1664
  • Joseph Gallen, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
  • Alexander Gallen, who came to Maryland in 1667

Gallen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Gallen, who settled in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Biddy Gallen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Catherine Gallen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Hugh Gallen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • James Gallen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gallen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Gallen, aged 24, a spinster, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Nancy Gallen, aged 27, a spinster, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Gallen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Gallen, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
  • Ellen Gallen, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
  • Una Gallen, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gallen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gallen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 October 2013 at 11:34.

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