Galorthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the name Galorthay began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name given to a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Galorthay derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

Early Origins of the Galorthay family

The surname Galorthay was first found in county Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Galorthay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galorthay research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1351 are included under the topic Early Galorthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Galorthay Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Galorthay family name include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

Early Notables of the Galorthay family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galorthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Galorthay family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Galorthay family to immigrate North America: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.

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