Origin of the Name Gallop
family history 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 Gallop
include Gallup, Galop, Gallope, Galup and Galloppe. This is a surname of nickname origin and describes the physical characteristics of the bearer. A person so named was deemed to be swift or hurried with the name being derived from the old French word 'galoper'. The name originated in England from where it spread to Wales, Scotland and Ireland and from there on to the new world of America, Canada, Australia and beyond. Famous bearers of the name include George Horace Gallup (1901-1984), who invented the famous Gallup polling system that is still in extensive use today. Sammy Gallop was a renowned composer, songwriter, lyricist (1915-1971) who composed songs for Broadway productions.
The Gallop 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 Gallop descendants.