Gayleert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Gayleert comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Gayleert derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gayleert family
The surname Gayleert 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 Gayleert family
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Gayleert Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gayleert family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gayleert family
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gayleert or a variant listed above: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.