The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Gwaltney. It comes from in some place which is now obscure. The surname Gwaltney belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Gwaltney family
The surname Gwaltney was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gwaltney family
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Gwaltney Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Gwaltney has appeared Galletly, Gallightly, Gellatly, Gellately, Gillatly, Golightly and many more.
Early Notables of the Gwaltney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gwaltney family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Gwaltney name:
Gwaltney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Wm. L. Gwaltney, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1910
- Mrs. Wm. L Gwaltney, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1911
- John Gwaltney, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1914
- H. D. Gwaltney, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Gwaltney (post 1700)
- Billie Gwaltney (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
- John Langston Gwaltney (1928-1998), African-American writer and anthropologist
- Francis Irby Gwaltney (1921-1981), American author
- Thomas "Tommy" O. Gwaltney (1921-2003), American jazz multi-instrumentalist and bandleader
The Gwaltney Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Hactenus invictus
Motto Translation: Hitherto unconquered.