Origin of the Name Galloway
The origin of the name Galloway
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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 Galloway
include Galloay, Gallway, Gallowaye, Calloway, Callway and Calloway. This is a locational name from the district of Galloway in Scotland . From very early times persons bearing this name where found throughout Scotland . In the sixteenth century a family of the name settled in Dumbartonshire with others settling on the east coast. This name is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in Scotland and examples of such are a Thomas de Galwethia, Earl of Atholl, who made a gift of lands to the Abbey of Neubotle, in the year 1230. A John Galway was Master of a ship belonging to Sir John of Mountgomery, in the year 1405. Like their Irish Kinsmen many Scots were forced to seek emigration after the 1745 Rebellion and also because of the clearances of whole populations by landlords during the nineteenth century. In Ireland the names Galloway and Galwey are derived from the Norman 'de Gallaidhe' and have existed since the thirteenth century. These names are found mainly in Ulster Province and in County Cork . Some Galloways derive their name from the city of Galway .
The Galloway 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 Galloway descendants.