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Wallace Genealogy and Wallace Family History Information

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About the Wallace surname

The name "Wallace" was originally G-A-L-L-E-I-U-S (later Walleis, Walleys, Wallays, Wallensis)."Galleius" means "a stranger." "Wallays' or" Wallensis" (which was used by Sir William Wallace) and various other forms, of which le Waleis or Waleys were the commonest in both Scottish and English records of the 12th and 13th century, originally meant "Welshman." These were surnames of families of Cymric blood living on or near the borders of Wales and the s.w. districts of Scot land, originally inhabited by the Cymric race of Celts--like the surname of Inglis and Scot in the English and Scotch debatabel and borderliand.