Gallagher Surname Origin
(Origin Gaelic) From Gallach, valiant, brave, and er put for fear, a man. Air is a common termination of nouns, and changes into eir, ir, or, oir, and uir, its etymon being fear, a man.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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