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The name Green is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the village greene which was the center or main square of each region. It is derived from the Old English "grene," meaning "green," and was most likely first borne by a family who lived in the village greene, the center or main square of a region. Alternatively, it may have been bestowed as a nickname on someone who was particularly fond of dressing in green.
The surname Green was first found in Kent, where the earliest record of the name was Geoffrey Greene who was recorded in a Poll Tax in 1188. As every early English village had a green, the surname Green emerged independently in many different places during the Middle Ages, thus creating several early branches of the Green family. Richard de la Grene was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1200 and Geoffrey Attegrene was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1206. The prefix "atte" was a popular namesake which meant in this case "at the green."
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Green were recorded, including Greene, Green, Grene, Grean and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Green research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1461, 1506, 1462, 1558, 1592, 1636, 1685, 1620, 1708, 1690, 1700, 1614, 1702, 1630, 1679, 1705 and are included under the topic Early Green History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 233 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Green Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Green family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Green family emigrate to North America:
Green Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Green, who arrived in Maryland in 1634
- Ellin Green, aged 32, arrived in New England in 1635
- Percivall Green, aged 32, landed in America in 1635
- Samuel Green, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635
- Olivier Green, who landed in Virginia in 1640
Green Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jane Green, who landed in Virginia in 1703
- Phillis Green, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
- Lawrence Green, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Sarah Green, who landed in Virginia in 1717
- Patrick Green, who landed in Rutland, Massachusetts in 1741
Green Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joachim Green, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801
- Sally Green, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- Mary Green, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1812
- Mathew Green, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
- James Chls Green, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
Green Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Benjamin Green, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Ann Green, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Cuff Green, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
- Mr. Charles Green U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
- Mr. John Green U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784
Green Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Reginald Green, aged 31, landed in Canada in 1815
- Rose Green, aged 24, landed in Canada in 1823
- Abigail Green, aged 25, arrived in Canada in 1823
- Anne Green, aged 23, landed in Canada in 1823
- Bustard Green, aged 25, landed in Canada in 1823
Green Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Green, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Green, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Green, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Green, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Solomon Green, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
Green Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Green landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Isaac Green landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- James Green landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Andrew Green landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
- Elizabeth Green, aged 22, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
- Winifred A. Green (1937-2016), American Civil Rights activist from Mississippi
- Tommie L. Green (1956-2015), American NBA basketball point guard for the New Orleans Jazz during the 1978-1979 season
- Mrs. Judy Green, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
- Mott Green (1966-2013), born David Lawrence Friedman, an American businessman and chocolatier, who founded the Grenada Chocolate Company in 1999
- Major-General Thomas Henry Green (1889-1971), American Judge Advocate-General US Army (1945-1949)
- Major-General Joseph Andrew Green (1881-1963), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Command (1942-1946)
- Adolph Green (1914-2002), American lyricist and playwright
- Albert "Al" Green (b. 1946), American gospel and soul music singer and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Elijah Jerry "Pumpsie" Green (b. 1933), first African-American baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
- John Green (1825-1908), American cavalry officer awarded a Medal of Honor for his bravery and leadership at the First Battle of the Stronghold
- A Branch from the Green Tree by Robert M. Green.
- The Descendants of John Segar of South Kingstown, Rhode Island: Including the Descendants of William Browning and Mary Hoxsie (Lewis) Greene of Charlestown, Rhode Island by William E. Wright.
- Green(e) Chronology 1600-1650 Virginia by Dorothy H. Ward.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtus semper viridis
Motto Translation: Virtue is always flourishing.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
The Green Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Green Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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