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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage French
Other Forms FormsGallant, Galan, Galant, Galand

Meaning & History

Nickname for a cheerful or high-spirited or bold person from Old French galant "lively vivacious" also "bold valiant" (the meanings "gallant" and "attentive to women" developed only in the 16th century) the present participle of Old French galer "to be in good humor to enjoy oneself" a word of ancient Germanic origin. Variant of Gallant.
Added 4/4/2023 by Paradiso36
Edited 4/4/2023 by Paradiso36