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Galts from Scotland - French Huguenot connection

Galts from Scotland - French Huguenot connection

Posted: 1404678945000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Galt/Gault/Le Gault
Hi! I have two references that the Galt family from Scotland were French Huguenots who migrated to Scotland during the 16 or 1700s. One is a Huguenot book that lists the Galt name as a Huguenot name. Also, a Great great aunt wrote a letter to a family member saying that is how we came to Scotland.

Here are the dilemmas. One, Galt is Gaelic for 'stranger'. So, did my family acquire the name AFTER coming to Scotland? Since the name is listed as a Huguenot name I would say no, but it is a possibility. Two, and this is my assumption, Galt was probably spelled differently in France. Gault or possibly Le Gault.

Does anyone have ANY information about the Galt/Scotland/Huguenot connection? Or about Galts in France? I am stuck at this point. I would like to find out when they actually came to Scotland. Also where they are from in France and see how far back I can take that. So far I have come up with NOTHING about Galts in France.

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!

Re: Galts from Scotland - French Huguenot connection

Posted: 1404686220000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Galt
Here's what my father found out 30 years ago:

Father said that there is a tradition in the family that the name was not originally Scottish, but there was no agreement as to its origin. One of his father's books, "The Scottish Nation" (or "The Scottish People") spelled the name with and without the "u" and stated that, in Gaelic, its meaning is "stranger" or "foreigner". This is mentioned in an article (Toronto Telegram, 1970) by Rev. James McGivern which states "Gaul, Gauld, Gault, Gaut, etc. is an Aberdeen Perthshire name from the Gaelic "Gall"- a stranger. Aberdeen adjoins Banff. The village of Cullen in Banffshire seems to have been the centre from which the Galts spread east and west. Being north sea counties, Moray, Banff and Aberdeen would have been frequent victims of Viking raids. The admixture of Norse peoples with those of England, Ireland and Scotland began about the ninth century. McGivern calls attention to the Viking name Gaut or Gaute which he says is the name of a family of Gautungs in Norway, Galte in Norwegian means bear,Galtung means young boar. So the Scottish Galts-Gaults probably were foreigners from Scandinavia, as were many other Scottish families, for example the Gunns, Kerrs, McLeods, Lamonts and others.

McGivern records that in 1343 a man named Sigurd Gautesen called himself Sigurd Gautesen Galte and used a wild boar decoration on his sword handle. His nephew, Gaute Erickesen used the wild boar as his seal, which is in the Norwegian National Museum.

from Jean Galr Toronto On. Canada pjeang@sympatico.ca
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