Galpin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Galpin is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was 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 Galpin 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." [1]

And yet another source claims that the name could have been "local-the last syllable being a corruption of Hope-Galhope." [2] 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 Galpin family

The surname Galpin was first found in Dorset at Strode, where the family has "a tradition of Danish or Swedish descent from a soldier of fortune who was living in 1465." [2]

Early History of the Galpin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galpin research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1650, 1625, 1629, 1640, 1650, 1619 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Galpin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Galpin Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Galpin include Gollop, Gallop, Gallup, Gollup and others.

Early Notables of the Galpin 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 Southampton Castle in 1619. He built a windmill on the motte of the castle. Only...
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Australia Galpin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Galpin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Galpin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [3]

New Zealand Galpin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Galpin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Galpin, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • William Galpin, aged 24, a farmer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Ruth Galpin, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Charlotte Galpin, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Charles Mace Galpin, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Galpin (post 1700) +

  • William Galpin, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 46th District, 1952 [4]
  • Thomas Galpin, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Woodbury, 1908 [4]
  • Samuel Galpin, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wethersfield, 1839 [4]
  • Philip S. Galpin, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1829, 1834-35; Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, 1845; Member of Connecticut State Senate 4th District, 1848 [4]
  • Lloy Galpin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1924 [4]
  • Julius H. Galpin, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Woodbury, 1912 [4]
  • Homer K. Galpin, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1908; Member of Illinois Republican State Central Committee, 1910; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912, 1924, 1932 [4]
  • Harris E. Galpin, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1920 [4]
  • Amos A. Galpin, American politician, Postmaster at Bennettsville, South Carolina, 1826-30 [4]
  • Sir Walter Galpin Alcock (1861-1947), eminent English musician, played at the Coronations of King Edward VII, King George V and King George VI, organist to Salisbury Cathedral from 1916 to 1947


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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