Galley Family History
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Galley Name Meaning
English: metonymic occupational name for a seaman, from Middle English galy(e) ‘ship’, ‘barge’ (Old French galie, of uncertain origin). English: nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, from a reduced form of the place name Galilee. Scottish: variant of Gall 1, from the derivative gallda or the collective form gallaich. German: presumably a derivative of Gall. Northern French: variant of Gallet. This name is also found in French Switzerland and may have been brought to the U.S. from there.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press