Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname from the wild boar, Middle English
galte, gaute, gault (Old Norse
gǫltr). Wild boars were common in the British Isles from the
earliest times, and became extinct only with the clearing of the large
tracts of forest which formerly covered the country; hunting them was
a favorite pastime in the Middle Ages.
- French: from
Germanic walþu- ‘wood’, ‘forest’; a topographic name for
someone who lived in or near a wood, or a habitational name for
someone from any of the places named with this word, for example Le
Gault in Loir-et-Cher, Marne, and Eure-et-Loir.
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