Gallun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gallun is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gallun was originally derived form the Old English word gal, which described a person as being pleasant and merry. [1]

Early Origins of the Gallun family

The surname Gallun was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johanna del Gaylle; Agnes del Gaylle; Johannes del Gayle; and Willelmus Gayle as all holding lands there at that time. [2]

One source claims the name is a "Scottish Highlander," [3] and in Scotland, "strangers to the Gadhelic people were called Gall, and this gave rise to surnames such as Gauld, Gall, and the Lowland Galt. Gall in the common speech was pronounced 'Gaw.' A rather common surname in Perth and especially in the Muirton of Balhousie during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. John Gal was witness to a grant to the Blackfriars of Perth in 1334." [4]

Early History of the Gallun family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallun research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1546, 1596, 1597, 1628, 1678, 1635, 1702, 1671, 1701, 1680, 1721, 1647, 1721, 1670, 1735 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Gallun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gallun 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 Gallun were recorded, including Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.

Early Notables of the Gallun family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include George Gale, Mayor of York; Dunstan Gale ( fl. 1596), an English poet, author of a poem entitled 'Pyramus and Thisbe,' supposed to have been printed for the first time in 1597. [5] Theophilus Gale (1628-1678), was an English educationalist, nonconformist and theologian of dissent from Kingsteignton, Devon; Thomas Gale (1635?-1702), an English classical scholar, antiquarian and cleric from Scruton, Yorkshire; Mildred Gale (1671-1701), born Mildred Warner in the Colony of Virginia, paternal grandmother of President George Washington; and John Gale (1680-1721), an English Baptist theologian; and his son...
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United States Gallun 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 Gallun family emigrate to North America:

Gallun Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Otto Gallun, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Havel" from Bremen, Germany [6]
Gallun Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Julie Gallun, aged 70, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Grosser Kurfuerst" from Bremen, Germany [7]
  • Arthur H. Gallun, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [8]
  • Helen Gallun, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [9]
  • Helen C. Gallun, aged 47, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "President Roosevelt" from Southampton, England [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gallun (post 1700) +

  • Albert F. Gallun (1865-1938), American president of A. F. Gallun & Sons, son of Auguat Gallun
  • August Friedrich Gallun (1834-1912), German-born, American founder of A. F. Gallun & Sons, better known as Empire Tannery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Raymond Zinke Gallun (1911-1994), American pulp science fiction writer, awarded the I-CON Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985 which was later renamed The Raymond Z. Gallun Award


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX7Q-WM4 : 6 December 2014), Otto Gallun, 09 Jul 1896; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Havel, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXK3-W68 : 6 December 2014), Julie Gallun, 15 Aug 1907; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Grosser Kurfuerst, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DS-LPV : 6 December 2014), Arthur H. Gallun, 22 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DS-LPK : 6 December 2014), Helen Gallun, 22 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNXN-KM5 : 6 December 2014), Helen C. Gallun, 22 Jun 1923; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name President Roosevelt, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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