The name Galliard was formed many centuries ago by the early Norman settlers that followed the 1066 Conquest of the island. It was a name typically given to a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Galliard derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Galliard family
The surname Galliard 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.
Early History of the Galliard family
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Galliard 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 Galliard have been found, including Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Galliard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Galliard family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, 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 Galliard were among those contributors: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.