Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Gaylorthay was recognized on the island as a name for a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Gaylorthay derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous.
Early Origins of the Gaylorthay family
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 Gaylorthay family
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Gaylorthay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gaylorthay family name include Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Gaylorthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaylorthay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gaylorthay family to immigrate North America: John Gaylord who settled in Nantasket in 1630; William Gaylord settled there the same year.
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