The history of the name Gayleart goes back, perhaps as far as 1066, when the Norman Conquest
occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Gayleart derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gayleart family
The surname Gayleart 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 Gayleart family
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Gayleart Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was institutionalized a couple of hundred
years back, spelling varieties of names were a typical event. Components of Latin, Norman French and different dialects ended up noticeably fused into English all through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the proficient. The varieties of the surname Gayleart include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gayleart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gayleart family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Gaylearts to arrive on North American shores: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.