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The Galt family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Galt name reveals that an early member was a person with a fancied resemblance to the wild boar. The name derives fom the Old Norse word goltr, which means boar. The boar, a hairy tusked animal similar to a pig, was once quite populous in England, but now remains only on continental Europe. Hunting boar was a favorite sport during the Middle Ages, and the sport contributed to its extinction in the British Isles.

Galt Early Origins



The surname Galt was first found in Perthshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Gall was the name given to strangers, as in the Lowland Galt, but the name probably came from France. Conjecturally they moved north to Scotland with King David of Scotland.

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Galt Spelling Variations


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Galt 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 Galt family name include Gall, Gauld, Gault, Galt, Gaw, Gawe, Gauwe and others.

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Galt Early History


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Galt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galt research. Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1367, 1397, 1399, 1450, 1469, 1499, 1513, 1525, 1533, 1547, 1613, 1640, 1737, 1779, and 1839 are included under the topic Early Galt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Galt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Galt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Galt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Galt In Ireland


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Galt In Ireland



Some of the Galt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Galt family to immigrate North America:

Galt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Galt settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1620
  • William Galt settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1635
  • Richard Galt settled in Providence Rhode Island in 1635

Galt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin and William Galt settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Benjamin Galt settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Benjamin Galt, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Samuel Galt, who landed in New England in 1721
  • Alexander Galt, who settled in New Hampshire in 1750

Galt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Galt, who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • Richardson Galt, who arrived in Maryland in 1809
  • Adam Galt, who came to Baltimore in 1825
  • Archibald Galt, who came to Boston in 1850
  • Matthew Galt settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1880

Galt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Tilloch Galt, who settled in Ontario in 1826

Galt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Galt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Galt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Galt (post 1700)



  • Dr. Francis Land Galt (1833-1915), American surgeon and acting paymaster of the famed Confederate raider CSS Alabama
  • Sharrie Kay Galt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 2012
  • Leland L. Galt, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1934
  • Jack Galt, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Montana, 1996, 2000
  • Hugh A. Galt, American politician, Delegate to Ohio convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Ezekiel I. Galt, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Smyrna, Delaware, 1853-56
  • Errol Thomas Galt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1988 (alternate), 2008, 2012; Member of Republican National Committee from Montana, 2008-12; Presidential Elector for Montana, 2012
  • Errol Fay Galt (1889-1975), American Republican politician, Member of Montana State Senate, 1930-34; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1944 (alternate), 1948
  • Alexander Galt, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Norfolk, Virginia, 1839-52, 1853-55
  • Captain William Wylie Galt, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Patentia Vincit
Motto Translation: Patience conquers.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Galt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Galt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 February 2016 at 12:53.

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