The Gaylorde family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest
of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Gaylorde derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gaylorde family
The surname Gaylorde 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 Gaylorde family
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Gaylorde Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gaylorde include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gaylorde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaylorde 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 Gaylordes to arrive on North American shores: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.