Gaylard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman name Gaylard was originally used for a person who was a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Gaylard derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

Early Origins of the Gaylard family

The surname Gaylard was first found in county Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Gaylard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaylard research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1351 are included under the topic Early Gaylard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaylard Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

Early Notables of the Gaylard family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaylard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaylard migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Gaylard name or one of its variants:

Gaylard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Gaylard, who arrived in Virginia in 1675 [1]

Gaylard migration to Australia

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

Gaylard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Gaylard, aged 34, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaylard (post 1700)

  • John Gaylard, English founder of award winning Cornish Country Larder, a cheese company in St Endellion, Cornwall
  • Rev John Gaylard, English headmaster of Sherborne School, Dorset (1733-1743)
  • William Gaylard, Australian teacher in Mount Barney, Queensland, Australia (1880-1930)
  • B. Gaylard, British political candidate in the 1979 and 1980 election for Broadheath, Greater Manchester


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 26 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Neptune 1853. Retrieved
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