Origin: Irish. When the Anglo- Normans began to settle in Ireland, they brought the tradition of local surnames to an island which already had a Gaelic naming system of hereditary surnames established. Unlike the Irish, the Anglo- Normans had an affinity for local surnames. Local surnames, such as Galway, were formed from the names of a place or a geographical landmark where the person lived, held land, or was born. The earliest Anglo-Norman surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they created names that referred to where they actually resided. Therefore, English places were used for names when the Normans lived in England, and then Irish places after these particular Anglo- Normans had been settled in Ireland for some time. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. However, this type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or it was eliminated entirely. The Galway family originally lived in either of two places. The Galway family of Ulster derives its name from the region of Galloway in southern Scotland, which lies nearby. However, the southern Galway family probably derives its surname from the city or county of Galway in Ireland. First found in county Cork where they were granted land by Strongbow after the invasion of 1172.
Spelling variations include: Galwey, Galway, Gallway, Galloway, Gallwey, Galswey, Gallaway and others.
Motto Translated: "Vincit Veritas", Truth conquers.
|John Galway y Fox & Jane Crowley y Quinn ( modificado el 19.03.2017 )|
|John Galloway & Sarah D ( modificado el 19.03.2017 )|