Origins Available: English
The name Gallyan is of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was name for a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gallyan was originally derived form the Old English word gal,
which described a person as being pleasant and merry.
Early Origins of the Gallyan family
The surname Gallyan was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gallyan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallyan research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1546, 1628, 1678, 1635, 1702, 1671, 1701, 1680, 1721, 1647, 1721, 1670 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Gallyan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gallyan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gallyan have been found, including Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.
Early Notables of the Gallyan family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include George Gale, Mayor of York; Theophilus Gale (1628-1678), 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... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallyan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gallyan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Gallyan surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: John Gale who settled in New England
in 1656; another John settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife Mary; Richard Gale settled in Barbados in 1635; John Gale settled in Barbados in 1685.