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Where did the English Greenland family come from? When did the Greenland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Greenland family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Greenland, Greenlan, Grenland, Greinland and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1400 when John Greenland held estates in that county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenland research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, and 1525 are included under the topic Early Greenland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Greenland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenland Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Greenland, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1644
  • Frances Greenland, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1677

Greenland Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Augustine Greenland, who arrived in Virginia in 1774

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  • Seth Greenland, American novelist, screenwriter and playwright
  • Colin Greenland (b. 1954), British science fiction writer


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