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Gallafraigh Surname History

The name Gallafraigh originated in 2012. The name did not exist until then and this is why:A Daugherty who married a Bazurto created the name. The name origin is linked to the planet of the Time Lords, Gallifrey (from the television show "Dr. Who"). The spelling of "Gallifrey" was changed to traditional Irish (Gallafraigh), and the name is now linked with the  Ó Dochartaigh, or Daugherty, history. The new name Gallafraigh means "eternal". 

As far as is known, the surname "Gallafraigh" is a modern surname which was created by a married couple in the year 2012 to accommodate their need to not take either of the others' surname. "Gallafraigh" is an Irish sounding spelling/iteration (as a nod to the wife's Irish heritage) of "Gallifrey" (the plant of the Time Lords in the British television show "Dr. Who.")  According to the couple who adopted this surname, it means "renewal."

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Kathleen Gallafraigh The name Gallafraigh originated in 2012. The name did not exist until then.

Kathleen's maiden name was Daugherty. Ó Dochartaigh is the original Irish spelling of this name. Brian's last name was Bazurto. We were married in 2001. We held the name Bazurto till 2012.

The surname Bazurto was changed in spelling from the original. But no one is certain of the country of origin despite claims of Spain. That means the family came through Spain, but does not confirm origin. History was lost.

However, the heritage of Ó Dochartaigh can be completely traced back to the kings. There are still remains of a castle in northern Ireland. Here is a rich, well researched, and full family history. With a son on the way, we wanted a heritage to pass on.

Brian did not want to take Daugherty or Ó Dochartaigh. He wanted to start with a new name attached to an old history. So he chose the name, and Kathleen took it to a linguist to have it spelled in the correct ancient Gaelic rules. As we are both Doctor Who fans since childhood, he suggested Gallifrey. Gallafraigh is now the new form.

Changing your name legally is expensive and time consuming! But it is worth it to have a name to be proud to call our own. The name came into effect before our son was born. He is the first born Gallafraigh.

The name Gallafraigh means "eternal".
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Gallafraigh Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

The history attached to the name and the spelling of the name originate in the county of Donegal,  Ireland. However, the name was created by people living in the U.S.A.. So the name has two countries of origin. 

Since "Gallafraigh" is a self created surname, it contains Irish roots (in spelling and heritage) with the United States of America (the residence of the couple who created this surname).

Gallafraigh Meaning & Etymology

Gallafraigh means "eternal".

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