Last name origin & meaning:
French: nickname for a cheerful or high-spirited person, from
galant, the present participle of Old French galer ‘to
be in good humor’, ‘enjoy oneself’, a word of Germanic origin (see
Gale 1 and Gaillard). The meanings ‘gallant’ and
‘attentive to women’ are later developments, which may lie behind some
examples of the surname.
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