The ancestors of the Galopin family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Galopin was a name given to a person who was a fast runner. The surname is derived from the Old Norman word walup
and the Old French word galop.
The word eventually became wallop
which literally means to run. Therefore, the surname Galopin described the physical abilities of the original bearer.
Another source agrees the name was of French origin but was derived from "a flat-bottomed boat used to load and unload ships, the surname being applied to the crew members." CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
And yet another source claims that the name could have been "local-the last syllable being a corruption of Hope-Galhope." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. This latter simplistic entry essentially means that the 19th century author proposes that the name could have been a local name from "Hope-Galhope," a place that we cannot find today.
Early Origins of the Galopin family
The surname Galopin was first found in Dorset
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 Galopin family
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Galopin Spelling Variations
Galopin has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Galopin have been found, including Gollop, Gallop, Gallup, Gollup and others.
Early Notables of the Galopin family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include George Gallop or Gollop (1590-1650), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Southampton (1625-1629) and (1640-1650). Son of Thomas Gallop, of Strode, Dorset
, he was a wealthy merchant who acquired... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galopin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Galopin family to Ireland
Some of the Galopin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Galopin family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Galopins to arrive on North American shores: Anne, Christobel, Humphrey and John Gallop who settled in Nantasket in 1630.