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Where did the German Galusha family come from? What is the German Galusha family crest and coat of arms? When did the Galusha family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Galusha family history?

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

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.


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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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  • 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
  • Elon Galusha (1790-1856), American lawyer and Baptist preacher, son of Jonas Galusha
  • Jonas Galusha (1753-1834), American politician, 6th and 8th Governor of Vermont (1809-1813) and (1815-1820)
  • 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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The Galusha Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Galusha 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.

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