The name Greanhalf first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greanhalf 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 Greanhalf 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 Greanhalf family
The surname Greanhalf was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Greanhalf family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greanhalf 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 Greanhalf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greanhalf Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Greanhalf has appeared include Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.
Early Notables of the Greanhalf 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 Greanhalf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greanhalf family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Greanhalf arrived in North America very early: 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.