The Galliver surname, of Norman ancestry, was a name given to a greedy person.
It derives from the Old French word goulafre,
which means glutton.
Early Origins of the Galliver family
The surname Galliver was first found in Suffolk
, where they held lands after the Norman Conquest
. Roger Gulafre, Lord of Mesnil Bernard, held property in St. Evroult, Normandy
Early History of the Galliver family
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Galliver Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Gulliver, Gullever, Gullifer, Gulliford, Galliford, Galliver, Gilliver and many more.
Early Notables of the Galliver family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Galliver family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Galliver or a variant listed above: Robert and Joan Gullever, who sailed to Virginia in 1620 or 1621; Thomas Gullifer sailed to Barbados in 1635; Anthony Gulliver sailed to Massachusetts in 1666.