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The Greathead surname comes from the Old English words "great" or "large" and "heafod," meaning "head." It is supposed that this was originally a nickname for someone with a large head, which was later taken on as a surname.

Greathead Early Origins



The surname Greathead was first found in Yorkshire 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 1351 when Thomas Grethed held estates at Whitby.

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Greathead Spelling Variations


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Greathead Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Greathead, Greathed, Greathouse, Greatus, Grethed, Grethouse and many more.

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Greathead Early History


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Greathead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greathead research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Greathead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greathead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greathead Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Greathead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greathead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Greathead, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Greathead, aged 28, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Dorothy Greathead, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Greathead, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • George Henry Greathead, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greathead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greathead (post 1700)



  • James Henry Greathead (1844-1896), British engineer renowned for his work on the London Underground
  • Henry Greathead (1757-1818), British boat builder

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Greathead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greathead 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 January 2017 at 06:38.

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