Last name origins & meanings:
- Polish, Slovak (Gál), and Slovenian: from a personal name, Latin
Gallus (see Gall), which was widespread in Europe in the
Middle Ages. There are many pet forms and other derivatives of this
personal name; the American surname could also be a shortening of any
of them. See also Gall.
- Hungarian (Gál): from the ecclesiastical name Gál, a short form of
Gál(l)os, from Latin Gallus (see Gall).
- French: from the personal name Gallus (see 1), the name of
a 6th-century bishop of Clermont.
- French: habitational name for
someone from either of two places named Saint Gal, in Lozère and
Puy-de-Dôme, or from Saint Jal in Corrèze.
- French: nickname
from southern French gal ‘rooster’ (Old French jal,
Latin gallus). As a French name, it appears to have been
brought to the U.S. by Swiss bearers.
- Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew gal ‘wave’.
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