Gaylithey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Gaylithey was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Gaylithey derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.

Early Origins of the Gaylithey family

The surname Gaylithey 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 Gaylithey family

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

Gaylithey Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

Early Notables of the Gaylithey family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Gaylithey family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Gaylithey or a variant listed above: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.

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