Galloway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The age-old Scottish surname Galloway was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Galloway family lived in Galloway, Scotland, an area covering what is now the counties of Kircudbright and Wigtown.

Early Origins of the Galloway family

The surname Galloway was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Galloway family

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Galloway Spelling Variations

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Galloway has been spelled Galloway, Gallaway, Gallway, Gallowey, Gallaraw, Gallowray, Gallery and many more.

Early Notables of the Galloway family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Patrick Galloway (1551?-1626?), Scottish divine, born about 1551. In 1576 he was appointed minister of the parishes of Foulis Easter and Longforgan, Perthshire. On 14 Nov, 1580 he was called to the Middle Church at Perth, and admitted on 24 April 1581. Galloway was popular as a preacher, and his services were sought in 1606 as...
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Galloway World Ranking

In the United States, the name Galloway is the 828th most popular surname with an estimated 37,305 people with that name. [1] However, in New Zealand, the name Galloway is ranked the 814th most popular surname with an estimated 898 people with that name. [2] And in the United Kingdom, the name Galloway is the 848th popular surname with an estimated 7,996 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Galloway family to Ireland

Some of the Galloway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Galloway migration to the United States +

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Galloway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Galloway, who landed in Maryland in 1649 [4]
  • William Galloway, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [4]
Galloway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T. D. Galloway, who settled in Baltimore in 1820
  • Alexander Galloway, who settled in Georgia in 1821
  • John Galloway, who landed in New York in 1822 [4]
  • Samuel Galloway, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842 [4]
  • Rose Galloway, who settled in New York in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Galloway migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Galloway Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Lt. George Galloway U.E. (b.1750) born in Orange County, New York,USAfrom Orange County, New York, USA who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1783 he enlisted in 1779 serving in the Loyal Refugee Volunteers he died in 1813, married twice having 12 children [5]
  • Mr. John Galloway U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Benjamin Galloway U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
Galloway Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Rev. George Galloway who arrived in York county, Ontario in 1814
  • Jessie Galloway who arrived in Victoria, county, Ontario in 1831
  • Miss. Margaret Galloway, aged 1 year & 11 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Rankin" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 1st June 1847 [6]

Australia Galloway migration to Australia +

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

Galloway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Galloway, (Gallocher), Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for life, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. Edward Galloway, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Alexander Galloway, aged 34, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Mr. Richard Galloway, British Convict who was convicted in Preston, Lancashire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Corona" on 13th October 1866, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [9]

New Zealand Galloway 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:

Galloway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Galloway, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Belmont
  • David Galloway, aged 20, a tailor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840 [10]
  • Ann Galloway, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840 [10]
  • John Galloway, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840 [10]
  • Mr. W. Galloway, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 1st December 1852 [10]
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West Indies Galloway migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Galloway Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Charles Galloway who landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Charles Galloway, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [4]
  • Mr. Charles Galloway, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [12]
  • Mary and Richard Galloway who landed in Barbados in 1646

Contemporary Notables of the name Galloway (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Lee Galloway (1941-2021), American newspaper correspondent and columnist; he often worked alongside the American troops he covered and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal in 1998 for having carried a badly wounded man to safety while he was under very heavy enemy fire in 1965
  • Joseph Galloway (1731-1803), American politician, born near West River, Anne Arundel, in Maryland, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1757-75; Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1774-75 [13]
  • Jeff Galloway (b. 1945), American Olympic runner and author of Galloway's Book on Running
  • Samuel Galloway (1811-1872), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1855-1857)
  • Joseph Scott "Joey" Galloway (b. 1971), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Brigadier-General Floyed Emerson Galloway (1890-1955), American Commanding Officer Crissy field (1943) [14]
  • Joseph Galloway (1731-1803), American Loyalist politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly (1776) who later settled in Britain after the Peace of Paris in 1783
  • Darrell L. Galloway, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Georgia, 2012 [13]
  • Daisy B. Galloway (1873-1957), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1927 [13]
  • Charles W. Galloway, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1924 [13]
  • ... (Another 54 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  • Mr. Arthur Galloway (b. 1917), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Halifax, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [16]

Suggested Readings for the name Galloway +

  • Golladays in America by Ralph Jacob Golladay.
  • Pioneer Families by Becky Hardin.

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  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)
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  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Floyed Galloway. Retrieved from
  15. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook