Galler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Galler begins with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Galler derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

Early Origins of the Galler family

The surname Galler 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 Galler family

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

Galler Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Galler family name include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

Early Notables of the Galler family (pre 1700)

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Galler migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Galler family to immigrate North America:

Galler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Galler, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [1]
Galler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Conrad Galler, who landed in America in 1715 [1]
  • Sam] Galler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]
  • Samuel] Galler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]
  • Johan Peter Galler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Galler (post 1700)

  • Loren Galler Rabinowitz (b. 1986), American ice dancer and pageant titleholder

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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)
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