Galabas was the actual original name used for a village of the Shire. It was said to mean roughly 'game-village', and, like most Hobbit-names, it has been anglicised by Tolkien, in this case to 'Gamwich'. Better known than the village was a family that originated here: known to the Shire-hobbits as Galbasi (which later evolved into Galpsi). The anglicised versions of these names are rather more familiar: Galbasi became 'Gammidgy', and the contracted form Galpsi is the origin of Sam's name 'Gamgee'.
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