Show ContentsGallien History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gallien family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Gallien is a name for a person with some of the attributes associated with a bird, such as a fine voice or sexual prowess. The name, which was also very popular in Spain during the Middle Ages, is derived from the Latin word Gallus which means rooster.

Early Origins of the Gallien family

The surname Gallien was first found in northern Italy which today incorporates the provinces of Cremona, Brescia, Pisa and the city of Florence. The earliest records of the surname Gallien date back to Florence, where the Galigai family can be traced to 1039.

Early History of the Gallien family

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Gallien Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Gallien include Galli, Gallo, Gall, Gallis, Gallelli, Gallello, Galletti, Galigai, Gallico, Galelei, Galladei, Galeota, Galizzi, Gallego, Gallini, Gallino, Gallucci, Galluccio, Galluzzi, Gallus, Galliussi, Gallozzi, Gallotti, Galloni, Gallone, Gallarini and many more.

Early Notables of the Gallien family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Galeota, born in 1497 in Naples, who was a poet and a nobleman. Eighteen members of the Galilei family of Florence became priests between 1381 and 1528. Giulio Cesare la Galla (1576-1624), was Professor of philosophy at the Collegio Romano in Italy. Maria Domitilla Galluzzi (1595-1671), was a Catholic mystic. Girolamo da Santacroce Galizzi was a Venetian painter around 1510. Giovanni Gallego was a Baron, was Governor of Siena in 1540, and owned the castle of Salvatore in Messina. One very well known member of this lineage was Galileo Galilei, the physicist and...
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Gallien Ranking

In the United States, the name Gallien is the 15,831st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Gallien is ranked the 3,100th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Gallien migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Gallien

Gallien Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andre E. Gallien, aged 27, who landed in America from Paris, in 1905
  • Andre Edward Gallien, aged 25, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1908
  • Mrs. Blanche Gallien, aged 34, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1910
  • Helen K. Gallien, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Andre Edouard Gallien, aged 55, who immigrated to the United States from Beaucourt, France, in 1919
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Canada Gallien migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gallien Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edmond Gallien, aged 36, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1913
  • Emeisc Gallien, aged 33, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1913

New Zealand Gallien migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gallien Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Gallien, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Gallien (post 1700) +

  • Pierre Gallien (b. 1911), French professional road bicycle racer who won one stage in the 1939 Tour de France

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