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The distinguished German surname Galusha is derived from the Celtic word "Gallus," meaning "foreigner, stranger." During the Middle Ages, the name was popular throughout Europe in various forms due to the fame of St. Gall, a 7th century Irish monk. "Galusha" was initially bestowed as a personal name in Germany, and was likely transformed into a surname during the late 11th century.

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The surname Galusha was first found in various regions of Germany. The surname emerged independently in the regions of Bavaria, Pomerania, Silesia, and Oldenburg, creating several branches of the family as early as the 13th century. The young Galusha family was instrumental during this early period, each branch playing a major role in the development of medieval German society in its particular region.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gall, Gallus, Gaul, Gaw, Galuska, Galusha, Galuscha, Galluska, Gallusha, Galle, Kala, Kalis and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galusha research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1601, 1650, 1812, 1815, 1846, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Galusha History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galusha Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Rosina Galle, a Moravian who came to New York in 1749; Benedictus Galle, who settled in Philadelphia in 1764; Lorenz Kalis, who immigrated to Brazil in 1826.

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  • Jonas Galusha (1753-1834), American politician, 6th and 8th Governor of Vermont (1809-1813) and (1815-1820)
  • Elon Galusha (1790-1856), American lawyer and Baptist preacher, son of Jonas Galusha
  • Eugene B. "Gene" Galusha (1941-2008), American narrator who worked for PBS, ESPN, Court TV, Discovery Channel, A&E, ABC, The Learning Channel and NFL Films
  • Jonas Galusha (1753-1834), American politician, Member of Vermont Governor's Council, 1793-98, 1801-05; Justice of Vermont State Supreme Court, 1807-08; Governor of Vermont, 1809-13, 1815-20
  • A. Galusha, American politician, Secretary of State of Nebraska, 1905-07
  • Kerry Galusha (b. 1977), Canadian curling skip from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories who has made 11 appearances at the Scott Tournament of Hearts ("Scotties")


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  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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  5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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