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The ancestors of the name Greener date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Greener family lived in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greener originally derived from greene as n the village greene which was the center or main square of each region. Many inhabitants in various counties adopted this surname as part of their family's nomenclature. The surname Greener is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Greener Early Origins



The surname Greener was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Greener Spelling Variations


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Greener 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 Greener 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 Greener include: Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.

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Greener Early History


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Greener Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greener research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1576, 1591, 1671, 1611, 1648, 1655, 1615, 1679, 1669, 1740, 1646, 1708, 1644 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Greener History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greener Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greener Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William Greenhill (1591-1671), an English nonconformist clergyman from Oxfordshire, independent minister, and member of the Westminster Assembly; Thomas Greenhill (1611/12-1658), an English colonial administrator, one of the early pioneers of the East India Company and the Agent of Madras for two terms (1648-52) and (1655-58)...

Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greener 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 Greener or a variant listed above:

Greener Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Greener, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Jacob Greener, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Adolph Greener, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1864
  • Ernest Greener, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • A Greener, who landed in Mississippi in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greener (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greener (post 1700)



  • Richard Theodore Greener (1844-1922), first African-American graduate of Harvard College, Dean of the Howard University School of Law
  • Richard Theodore Greener (b. 1844), American politician, U.S. Consul in Bombay, 1898; U.S. Commercial Agent (Consul) in Vladivostok, 1898-1905
  • Dot Greener (b. 1945), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 2004
  • William Wellington Greener (1834-1921), English gunsmith, son of the gunsmith William Greener
  • William Greener (1806-1869), English inventor and gunmaker, founder of W.W. Greener, a sporting shotgun and rifle manufacturer in England in 1829
  • Ronald "Ron" Greener (1934-2015), English footballer who played from 1952 to 1969
  • Christopher Paul Greener (1943-2015), British actor and basketball player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Greener Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greener 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 11:44.

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