The distinguished German surname Kalis is derived from the Celtic word "Gallus," meaning "foreigner, stranger." During the Middle Ages, the name was popular throughout Europe in various forms due to the fame of St. Gall, a 7th century Irish monk. "Kalis" was initially bestowed as a personal name
, and was likely transformed into a surname during the late 11th century.
Early Origins of the Kalis family
The surname Kalis was first found in various regions of Germany
. The surname emerged independently in the regions of Bavaria
, Pomerania, Silesia
, and Oldenburg, creating several branches of the family as early as the 13th century. The young Kalis family was instrumental during this early period, each branch playing a major role in the development of medieval German society in its particular region.
Early History of the Kalis family
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Kalis Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gall, Gallus, Gaul, Gaw, Galuska, Galusha, Galuscha, Galluska, Gallusha, Galle, Kala, Kalis and many more.
Early Notables of the Kalis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kalis family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kalis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Lorenz Kalis, who immigrated to Brazil in 1826
- Martin Kalis, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1891
Contemporary Notables of the name Kalis (post 1700)
- Tomasz Kalis, Polish soldier