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The name Greanham is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the chapelry of Greeham in the parish of Thatcham in the county of Berkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English Greenham, which refers to either a green river-bed or a green homestead. Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the Greanham family


The surname Greanham was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Greanham family

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Early History of the Greanham family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greanham research.
Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1540 and 1594 are included under the topic Early Greanham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greanham Spelling Variations

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Greanham 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. Greanham has been spelled many different ways, including Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.

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Early Notables of the Greanham family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Greanham family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Greanham family to Ireland

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Migration of the Greanham family to Ireland


Some of the Greanham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Greanham family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Greanham 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 Greanhams to arrive in North America: Richard Greenham who settled in New England in 1768.

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