Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Greane is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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.
Early Origins of the Greane family
The surname Greane 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 Greane emerged independently in many different places during the Middle Ages, thus creating several early branches of the Greane family. Richard de la Grene was listed in the Pipe Rolls
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."
Early History of the Greane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greane 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 Greane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greane Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Greane has been spelled many different ways, including Greene, Green, Grene, Grean and others.
Early Notables of the Greane family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas de Green (c.1461-1506), Lord of Greens Norton, received Boughton, Greens Norton, and large monetary grants through his inheritance upon the death of his father in 1462; Dr. John Green, the Bishop of Lincoln; Sir William Greene of Oxford, Alderman Greene of... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greane family to Ireland
Some of the Greane 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greane family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Greanes to arrive in North America: Aderton Greene, who came to Virginia in 1623; John Greene, who settled in Boston in 1625; Abigail Greene, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632.
The Greane Motto
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.