In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Greanhaigh surname lived in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greanhaigh originally derived from greene
as n the village greene
which was the center or main square of each region. Many inhabitants in various counties adopted this surname as part of their family's nomenclature. The surname Greanhaigh is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Greanhaigh family
The surname Greanhaigh was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Greanhaigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greanhaigh research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1576, 1591, 1671, 1611, 1648, 1655, 1615, 1679, 1669, 1740, 1646, 1708, 1644 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Greanhaigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greanhaigh Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Greanhaigh are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Greanhaigh include: Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.
Early Notables of the Greanhaigh family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Greenhill (1591-1671), an English nonconformist clergyman from Oxfordshire
, independent minister, and member of the Westminster Assembly; Thomas Greenhill (1611/12-1658), an English colonial administrator, one of the early pioneers of the East India Company and the Agent of Madras for two terms (1648-52) and (1655-58)... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greanhaigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greanhaigh family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Greanhaigh or a variant listed above: William Greenough, (another variant), a sea Captain from Lancashire
, settled in Boston in 1669; Adam, Edward, James, John, Joseph, Peter, Robert and William Greenhalgh all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1832 and 1880.