From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Galo family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany
found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Galo is a name for a person with some of the attributes associated with a bird, such as a fine voice or sexual prowess. The name, which was also very popular in Spain
during the Middle Ages, is derived from the Latin word Gallus which means rooster.
Early Origins of the Galo family
The surname Galo was first found in northern Italy which today incorporates the provinces of Cremona, Brescia, Pisa and the city of Florence. The earliest records of the surname Galo date back to Florence, where the Galigai family can be traced to 1039.
Early History of the Galo family
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Galo Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Galo include Galli, Gallo, Gall, Gallis, Gallelli, Gallello, Galletti, Galigai, Gallico, Galelei, Galladei, Galeota, Galizzi, Gallego, Gallini, Gallino, Gallucci, Galluccio, Galluzzi, Gallus, Galliussi, Gallozzi, Gallotti, Galloni, Gallone, Gallarini and many more.
Early Notables of the Galo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Galeota, born in 1497 in Naples, who was a poet and a nobleman. Eighteen members of the Galilei family of Florence became priests between 1381 and 1528. Giulio Cesare la Galla (1576-1624), was Professor of philosophy at the Collegio Romano in Italy. Maria... Another 258 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Galo family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Galo were found: Domenico Gallo, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1836; Joseph Galli, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1878. Fortune Gallo, born in Torremaggiore in 1878, arrived in New York City at the age of 16 and founded the San Carlo Opera Company..
Contemporary Notables of the name Galo (post 1700)
- Galo Plaza (1906-1987), Ecuadorian politician and statesman
- Galo Plaza Lasso (1906-1987), former President of the Republic of Ecuador
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