The history of the name Galpen goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was 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 Galpen 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 Galpen family
The surname Galpen 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 Galpen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galpen research.Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1650, 1625, 1629, 1640, 1650 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Galpen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Galpen Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Galpen family name include Gollop, Gallop, Gallup, Gollup and others.
Early Notables of the Galpen 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 Galpen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Galpen family to Ireland
Some of the Galpen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Galpen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Galpen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Galpen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1851 from London 12 05 1851 and southampton with Captain Roskell, arrived Port Adelaide on 1-09-1851. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Asia.htm