Greenent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Greenent is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Greenent family once 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. 
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Greenham, a tything, in the parish of Ashbrittle, union of Wellington, hundred of Milverton in Somerset. 
Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire, Scotland
Early Origins of the Greenent family
The surname Greenent was first found in Somerset, where Simon de Gryndham was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1268. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Ralph de Greneham, Suffolk and Ralph de Grenham was also listed in Suffolk, 20 Edward I: Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. 
Early History of the Greenent family
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Greenent Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Greenent family name include Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.
Early Notables of the Greenent family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Ralph Greenham of Suffolk; and Richard Greenham or Grenham (1535?-1594), an early Puritan Minister, at Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. He "was probably born about 1535, and went at an...
Migration of the Greenent family to Ireland
Some of the Greenent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Greenent family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Greenent surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Greenham who settled in New England in 1768.