The ancient Normans
that arrived in England
following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Gaylork family have grown. The name Gaylork was given to a member of the family who was a happy, joyous, and bold person.
The name Gaylork derives from the nickname the galliard,
which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gaylork family
The surname Gaylork 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 Gaylork family
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Gaylork Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gaylork has been recorded under many different variations, including Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gaylork family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaylork family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gaylorks were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.