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Greathead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Greathead family


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.

Early History of the Greathead family


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Greathead Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Greathead family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Greathead family to the New World and Oceana


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, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Dorothy Greathead, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Greathead, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • George Henry Greathead, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
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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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