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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

Re: Galts from Scotland - French Huguenot connection

Posted: 1516553533000
Classification: Query
My father had a book in his collection entitled, "The Galt Families: Notes on their History with Genealogical Lists", by Dr. Howard Spellman Galt, published in 1938. Reprints are available through Amazon. This book documents that the Galt name originally was from Denmark. They were a prominent Medieval family there. The author has documented that the Galt name is still to be found on castles and cathedral pews, but one line there died out as others migrated elsewhere. Dr. Galt has an impressive delineation of members of the family tree when they lived in Denmark. It seems that many migrated to Scotland because that is where my Galt ancestors came from. "Galt" means "Boar" in Danish. Apparently the spelling of the names Galt and Gault were interchangeable for a long time, but my family, who came early to Virginia have always used the spelling "Galt". A website documenting the history of the Whang family says that certains Galts were French Huguenots. My own ancestor from Scotland, John Galt, was a Covenanter who was banished to the American colonies with his brother William. William returned to Scotland later but John stayed and was the father of Samuel Galt, born in Williamsburg. Samuel Galt was my ancestor.

Re: Galts from Scotland - French Huguenot connection

Posted: 1516555009000
Classification: Query
I want to refer you to a book that my father had on his bookshelf entitled, "The Galt Families: Notes on their Origin and History with Genealogical Lists," by Dr. Howard Spillman Galt in 1938. Reprints can be found through Amazon. He documents the name "Galt" and "Gault" appearing in the Medieval Ages on castles and church pews all over Denmark. They were a prominent noble family at that time in Denmark. He gives and impressive genealogical chart of the members of the Galt family in Denmark. The line that stayed in Denmark died out, but other male members of the family migrated elsewhere, probably to Scotland because that's where they eventually got. He does not metion France, but since I came to Virginia, I found a web site with the family history of the Whang family, my ancestor from Scotland appeared there. Mr. Whang was operating from family stories and letters. He said that John Galt, my ancestor, had emigrated from France because he was a French Huguenot. His wife was Ann Crauford of Scotland, whose family were Covenanters, and he became involved with that movent, eventually to the point when the king banished him and his brother William to the American colonies. Mr. Whang has some neat family stories of the Covenanters, who moved back and forth between Scotland and Ireland during that time.
P.S. If you have a copy of the letter from your relative about the Galts as Huguenots, please share it with Ancestry so others can access it. I did not know the Huguenot connection with the Galts until recently. It is good for important documents like that to be available in one place for others to see them and compare them.
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