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Subject: Irish Welsh surname
Question: Hello, I am doing some personal genealogy research so and around 1850 after my family moved to Kentucky from Virginia the Surname changed from Gallahue which I understand is Anglicized from an Irish name of Ó GALLCHÚ to Gollihugh. This spelling change seemed to happen after the death of an ancestor. And I have found some information from reliable sources that indicate that his Wife and Mother of his children was the daughter of welsh immigrants. From what I understand the words hue and Hugh although being pronounced the same, hue is derived from old English and Hugh from welsh. So I guess my question here is would you consider Gollihugh to be a welsh respelling of the name Gallahue?

Reply: Hi

Gollihugh is not obviously Welsh spelling. <Hugh> is indeed a name used in Wales,
spelled like that in the English fashion, or as <Huw>.

If one were to try to spell <O Gallchu> in Welsh, you'd get something like: <O
Galchw>. If one were trying to spell <Gollihugh> in Welsh, you'd get something like
<Golohuw>.

I don't see anything in the spelling <Gollihugh> that would indicate clear Welsh
influence. My guess would be that the <hugh> bit just fit the pronunciation at the
time.

mike hammond
Reply From: Mike Hammond      click here to access email
 
Date: 04-Dec-2013
 
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