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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 landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Greathead, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Dorothy Greathead, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Greathead, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • George Henry Greathead, aged 1, 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), 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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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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 22 December 2010 at 14:50.

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