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The name Greenawalt is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived as dwellers beside the green grassy hill or body of water. The name comes from the Old English words "green," and "well." No doubt, the first to use this surname were a family who lived on lush green ground near a well, spring or stream. As such, the surname is classed as a topographic surname, one based on physical features near the residence, such as hills, streams, churches, etc.

Greenawalt Early Origins



The surname Greenawalt was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Greenwell in the parish of Walsingham, and are descended from Gulielmus the Presbyter who held those lands in 1183. His son James assumed the name of the lands, Greenwell.

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Greenawalt Spelling Variations


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Greenawalt 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 Greenawalt 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Greenawalt include: Grenwell, Greenwell, Greenwall, Grenwall and others.

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Greenawalt Early History


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Greenawalt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenawalt research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenawalt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenawalt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenawalt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Greenawalt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Greenawalt or a variant listed above:

Greenawalt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rudolph Greenawalt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenawalt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenawalt (post 1700)



  • Abraham Greenawalt (1834-1922), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • R. Kent Greenawalt (b. 1936), University Professor at Columbia Law School
  • Roger Greenawalt, American music producer and musician
  • David L. Greenawalt, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Greenawalt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenawalt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 November 2015 at 11:33.

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