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Greenen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the name Greenen date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Greenen family


The surname Greenen 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.

Early History of the Greenen family


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Greenen Spelling Variations


Greenen has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Greenen have been found, including Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.

Early Notables of the Greenen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Greenen family to Ireland


Some of the Greenen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Greenen family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Greenens to arrive on North American shores: Richard Greenham who settled in New England in 1768.

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