Galler Family History
Galler Name Meaning
German: patronymic from a personal name (from Latin Gallus) which was widespread in Europe in the Middle Ages (see Gall ). German: nickname for someone in the service of the monastery of St. Gallen (see Gall ) or a habitational name for someone from the city in Switzerland so named. English: nickname from Old French galler galure ‘coxcomb fop’ or ‘affable man’ a medieval equivalent of Gallier . English (of French Huguenot origin): altered form of Gallier a cognate of 3 above. Hungarian (Gallér): from gallér ‘collar’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a taylor in particular a maker of military garments. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Galle ‘bile gall’ with the agent suffix -er. This surname seems to have been one of the group of names selected at random from vocabulary words by government officials.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press