Show ContentsGallop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gallop is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a fast runner. The surname is derived from the Old Norman word walup and the Old French word galop. The word eventually became wallop which literally means to run. Therefore, the surname Gallop described the physical abilities of the original bearer.

Another source agrees the name was of French origin but was derived from "a flat-bottomed boat used to load and unload ships, the surname being applied to the crew members." [1]

And yet another source claims that the name could have been "local-the last syllable being a corruption of Hope-Galhope." [2] This latter simplistic entry essentially means that the 19th century author proposes that the name could have been a local name from "Hope-Galhope," a place that we cannot find today.

Early Origins of the Gallop family

The surname Gallop was first found in Dorset at Strode, where the family has "a tradition of Danish or Swedish descent from a soldier of fortune who was living in 1465." [2]

Early History of the Gallop family

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Gallop Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gallop were recorded, including Gollop, Gallop, Gallup, Gollup and others.

Early Notables of the Gallop family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include George Gallop or Gollop (1590-1650), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Southampton (1625-1629) and (1640-1650). Son of Thomas Gallop, of Strode, Dorset, he was a wealthy merchant who acquired Southampton Castle in 1619. He built a windmill on the motte of the castle. Only...
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Gallop Ranking

In the United States, the name Gallop is the 13,522nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Gallop migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gallop family emigrate to North America:

Gallop Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Gallop, (Gallup) (1592-1650), who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Mary & John", son of Capt. John [4]
  • Mr. Nathaniel Gallop, (Gallup), who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Griffin" [5]
  • Mr. Samuel Gallop, (Gallup), who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Griffin" [5]
  • Miss Joan Gallop, (Gallup), who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Griffin" [5]
  • Mrs. Crestabel Gallop, (nee Bruchette, Gallup), who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Griffin", mother of John [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gallop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Gallop, who landed in New England in 1732 [4]

Canada Gallop migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gallop Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Gallop, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. William Gallop U.E., "Gallopp" who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Regiment and was part of the Penobscot Association, became Magistrate in Charlotte County [6]

Australia Gallop migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gallop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Gallop (1808-1899), English immigrant to the Swan River Colony of Western Australia with his brothers James and Edward in October 1829, aboard the ship Lotus; after his indenture he grew to become one of the 100 most influential West Australian business leaders with a strong contribution to agriculture, great great uncle of Geoff Gallop

New Zealand Gallop 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:

Gallop Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William F. Gallop, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Gallop (post 1700) +

  • Tom Gallop, American actor, best known for his role as Tom Cronin in the Bourne film series
  • Jane Anne Gallop (b. 1952), American Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1992-)
  • Sammy Gallop (1915-1971), American lyricist, known for his big band and swing songs of the 1940s and 1950s
  • Frank Gallop (1900-1988), American radio and television announcer, best known for his work as the announcer for radio's The Milton Berle Show and later as the announcer for Perry Como's television shows
  • Ruth Anne Gallop, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2000 [7]
  • Angela Gallop, English forensic scientist who worked on the Stephen Lawrence murder case in 1993
  • Henry Gallop (1857-1940), English cricketer who played for Gloucestershire between 1877 and 1883
  • Colonel Reginald Clive Gallop (1892-1960), English engineer, racing driver and World War I pilot, member of the team which developed their first engine for Bentley Motors
  • Derek Anthony Gallop (b. 1951), former English cricketer
  • Lucinda "Cindy" Lee Gallop (b. 1960), English advertising consultant, founder and former chair of the advertising firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty, founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn companies
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  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  6. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook