The ancestors of the name Greant date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Greant family 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 Greant family
The surname Greant 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 Greant emerged independently in many different places during the Middle Ages, thus creating several early branches of the Greant 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 Greant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greant 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 Greant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greant 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 Greant 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 Greant include: Greene, Green, Grene, Grean and others.
Early Notables of the Greant 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 Greant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greant family to Ireland
Some of the Greant 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 Greant 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 Greant or a variant listed above: 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 Greant 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.