Origin of the Name Gallen
The origin of the name Gallen
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Gallen
include Gallon, Goldrick, Goulding and Golden. In Irish this name is O'Gallin and O'Gallain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of these Gaelic names. This sept came from Donegal.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
These were a family of the Cenel Eoghain, their territory comprising part of County Donegal as well as Counties Tyrone and Derry. The forms Golden and Goldrick are found around the Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle areas with McGoldrick being fairly numerous in County Fermanagh where it is recorded in the Hearth Money Rolls of 1665. These were very ancient septs and we find them first recorded in the year 1054 in a person called Mac Ualghairg as Lord of Cairbre. They derived their name from Ualghairg O'Rourke, Lord of Breffny, who died in 1231 as a pilgrim on his way to the Holy Land.
The Gallen coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gallen descendants.