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Irish Surname - Galway

Origin of the Irish surname Galway

The surname Galway is of Irish origin and is derived from the Gaelic name O Gallchobhair. The name itself has a territorial association, as it means "descendant of the foreign helper," which refers to someone who came from the region of Gall-ghaidhil (land of the foreign Gael) in Scotland. The Galway family was historically associated with County Donegal in the northwest of Ireland. The surname is relatively rare and predominantly found in the regions of Donegal and the surrounding counties.

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Variations of the Irish Surname Galway

Coat of Arms and Motto of the Irish Surname Galway

The coat of arms for the Galway surname features a silver shield with a black chevron, accompanied by three black boars' heads. The crest consists of a boar's head with an arrow piercing it. The family motto, "Fide et Fortitudine," translates to "By Faith and Fortitude" in English, reflecting the values held by the bearers of this surname throughout history.

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There is often limited information available on a specific coat of arms and motto for an Irish surname. Sometimes there are many variations, sometimes none, we have compiled a representative, but by no means exhaustive, selection. Please visit our Coat of Arms and Motto page for more information.

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