The name Gallyon comes from a name for a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gallyon was originally derived form the Old English word gal,
which described a person as being pleasant and merry.
Early Origins of the Gallyon family
The surname Gallyon 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 Gallyon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallyon 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 Gallyon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gallyon Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gallyon include Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.
Early Notables of the Gallyon 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 Gallyon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gallyon family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gallyon or a variant listed above: 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.