Gallorthay is one of the most ancient names to come from the Norman culture that arrived in Britain soon after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Gallorthay derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gallorthay family
The surname Gallorthay 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 Gallorthay family
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Gallorthay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gallorthay are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gallorthay include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gallorthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gallorthay family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Gallorthay, or a variant listed above: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.