Galley Family History
Galley Name Meaning
English: metonymic occupational name from Middle English galei(e) gallie ‘seagoing vessel with sails and oars galley’ (Old French galee galie) perhaps denoting an oarsman. English: variant of Galilee topographic or occupational name from Middle English galile(e) galilie ‘small chapel or porch at the entrance to a church’ possibly denoting someone who lived near a galilee or whose work was associated with one. Scottish: variant of Gailey . French: variant of Gallet Compare Galey . German: presumably a derivative of Gall .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022