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... Another 258 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gallien family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated to the United States from Beaucourt, France, in 1919
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Gallien Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Edmond Gallien, aged 36, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1913
- Emeisc Gallien, aged 33, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1913
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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