Green History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Green is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Green family

The surname Green 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 Green emerged independently in many different places during the Middle Ages, thus creating several early branches of the Green family. Richard de la Grene was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1200 and Geoffrey Attegrene was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1206. [2] The prefix "atte" was a popular namesake which meant in this case "at the green." [1]

Years later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Deonisia ate Grene and Warin de la Grene; while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Petnis del Grene and Adam del Grene, as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Records in Scotland were very scarce, but we did find "Roger del ('of the') Grene in Roxburghshire [who] rendered homage in 1296 [to King Edward I of England]. Master John Grene, [was] Chancellor of Moray, 1463." [4]

Early History of the Green family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Green research. Another 84 words (6 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 Green History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Green Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Green were recorded, including Greene, Green, Grene, Grean and others.

Early Notables of the Green 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 Chester; Robert Greene (1558-1592), English dramatist; John Henry Green (1636-1685), an English...
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Green Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Green World Ranking

In the United States, the name Green is the 35th most popular surname with an estimated 455,121 people with that name. [5] However, in Canada, the name Green is ranked the 75th most popular surname with an estimated 32,252 people with that name. [6] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Green is the 34th popular surname with an estimated 618 people with that name. [7] Australia ranks Green as 39th with 45,340 people. [8] New Zealand ranks Green as 59th with 5,037 people. [9] The United Kingdom ranks Green as 19th with 120,596 people. [10] South Africa ranks Green as 470th with 15,171 people. [11]

Ireland Migration of the Green family to Ireland

Some of the Green family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Green migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Green family emigrate to North America:

Green Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Green, who arrived in Maryland in 1634 [12]
  • Ellin Green, aged 32, who arrived in New England in 1635 [12]
  • Percivall Green, aged 32, who landed in America in 1635 [12]
  • Samuel Green, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635 [12]
  • Olivier Green, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Green Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jane Green, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [12]
  • Phillis Green, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [12]
  • Lawrence Green, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [12]
  • Sarah Green, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [12]
  • Patrick Green, who landed in Rutland, Massachusetts in 1741 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Green Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joachim Green, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801 [12]
  • Sally Green, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [12]
  • Mary Green, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1812 [12]
  • Mathew Green, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [12]
  • James Chls Green, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Green migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Green Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Green, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Ann Green, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Cuff Green, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. Charles Green U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [13]
  • Mr. John Green U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Green Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Green, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • Reginald Green, aged 31, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • Rose Green, aged 24, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Abigail Green, aged 25, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Anne Green, aged 23, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Green migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Green Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
Green Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dennis Green, (b. 1782), aged 18, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for house breaking, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1855 [15]
  • Mr. Thomas Green, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. John Green, (Lawrence, Robert), British convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • Mr. Thomas Green, (b. 1785), aged 18, British convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1812 [16]
  • Mr. John Green, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Green migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Green Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Green, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Isaac Green, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Green, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Green, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Andrew Green, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Green (post 1700) +

  • Julie L. Green (1961-2021), American artist known for making paintings about food, fashion, and capital punishment; each year she spent 6 months on her work, The Last Supper, a series of 1000 plates to date, illustrating final meals of U.S. death row inmates
  • Doug Green (1954-1955), American politician, Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 66th district (2013-2020)
  • Nathan "Nearest" Green (b. 1820), American slave who mentored distilling techniques to Jack Daniel, founder of the Jack Daniel Tennessee whiskey distillery, the first master distiller for Jack Daniel Distillery
  • Paul Eliot Green Jr. (b. 1924), American electrical engineer, famous for his research in spread spectrum and radar technology and the son of the playwright of the same name
  • Leonard Charles "Lenny" Green (1933-2019), American Major League Baseball player for 12 seasons (1957-1968)
  • Hubert Myatt Green (1946-2018), American professional golfer who won 29 professional golf tournaments, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Gerald B. "Jerry" Green (1939-2018), American Democratic politician, Speaker Pro Tempore of the New Jersey General Assembly (2008-2018)
  • Maurice Green (1926-2017), American virologist
  • Joseph Green (1934-2017), American founding chair of the Department of Theatre and Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (1973-1980) at York University, Toronto
  • Dennis Earl Green (1949-2016), American NFL football coach, Super Bowl champion (XXIII)
  • ... (Another 50 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Frederick George Green, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [18]
  • Miss Jessie Green (1893-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Ernest Green (1892-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [19]
  • Mrs. Florence Green (1885-1914), née Roberts Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [19]
  • Mrs. Adjt Green (1869-1914), née Adams Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [19]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Flight 191
  • Mrs. Judy Green, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [20]
Fraterville mine
  • Mr. P. C. Green, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [21]
  • Mr. James C. Green, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [21]
  • Mr. Richard Green, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [21]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Edward A.  Green (1848-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [22]
  • Mr. Calvin W.  Green (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [22]
  • Master William  Green (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [22]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Arthur Eric Green (1913-1941), Australian Acting Stoker Petty Officer from West End, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. John Rex Green (1923-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Kew, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Theo Lawrence Green (1922-1941), Australian Cook (O) from Petersham, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [23]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Thomas Green (d. 1945), British Marine aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [24]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William J Green (b. 1903), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. William J Green (b. 1922), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Kings Heath, Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. John H Green (b. 1916), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Herbert Green (b. 1923), English Signal Boy serving for the Royal Navy from Sunderland, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Harry Green (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Fallowfield, Manchester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick Charles Green (b. 1916), English Able Seaman from Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [26]
  • Mr. Thomas Frederick Green, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [26]
  • Mr. Ernest Green, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [26]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Alexander Green, "Alec" British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Frederick W Green, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. William C Green, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [27]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Reginald C. Green, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [28]
  • C. Green, British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [28]
  • Roy Green (1919-1939), British Musician with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [28]
  • Frank Green (1919-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [28]
  • Albert Frank Green (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [28]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Green (d. 1912), aged 20, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [29]
  • Mr. George Henry Green (d. 1912), aged 40, English Third Class passenger from Dorking, Surrey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [29]
Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. Gomer Green (b. 1887), Welsh coal miner from Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. Ariel Green (b. 1895), Newfoundlander from Hant's Harbour, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
  • Mr. Charles W. Green, Newfoundlander from St. John's, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James W. Green, American Gunner's Mate Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [30]
  • Mr. Clay D. Green Jr., American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [30]
  • Mr. Glen Hubert Green, American Seaman First Class from Mississippi, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [30]


The Green 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Green +

  • A Branch from the Green Tree by Robert M. Green.
  • The Descendants of John Segar of South Kingstown, Rhode Island: Including the Descendants of William Browning and Mary Hoxsie (Lewis) Greene of Charlestown, Rhode Island by William E. Wright.
  • Green(e) Chronology 1600-1650 Virginia by Dorothy H. Ward.

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