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Where did the English Gaylor family come from? What is the English Gaylor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gaylor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gaylor family history?

The family name Gaylor is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Gaylor was a name given to a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Gaylor derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gaylor have been found, including Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaylor research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1351 are included under the topic Early Gaylor History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaylor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gaylor were among those contributors:

Gaylor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Gaylor, who arrived in Virginia in 1652

Gaylor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R C Gaylor, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Robt. S. Gaylor, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Edward Gaylor, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1897
  • Frank Gaylor, aged 17, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897

Gaylor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ralph W. Gaylor, who settled in America, in 1907
  • John Gaylor, aged 26, who landed in America from Hoylake, England, in 1909
  • Joseph Gaylor, aged 35, who settled in America from Ireland, in 1910
  • Lena Gaylor, aged 35, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1911
  • Isabel Gaylor, aged 15, who landed in America from Brodsford, England, in 1911


  • Alan B. Gaylor (1926-2008), American businessman best known as the founder of Al's Formal Wear
  • Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Robert D. Gaylor (b. 1930), the fifth Chief Master Sergeant
  • Annie Laurie Gaylor (b. 1955), co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation


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The Gaylor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaylor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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