The Gayleard family name dates back to 1066 when the Norman Conquest
introduced a plethora of new names and words into Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Gayleard derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gayleard family
The surname Gayleard 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.
Early History of the Gayleard family
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Gayleard Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gayleard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gayleard family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gayleard or a variant listed above: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gayleard (post 1700)
- James Gayleard, President of the Legislative Council of Jamaica in 1840