Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Greeney is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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.
Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire.
Early Origins of the Greeney family
The surname Greeney 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 Greeney family
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Greeney Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Greeney has been spelled many different ways, including Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.
Early Notables of the Greeney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greeney family to Ireland
Some of the Greeney family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greeney family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Greeneys to arrive in North America: Richard Greenham who settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Greeney (post 1700)
- Norman Joseph "Norm" Greeney (1910-1985), American football offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers (1933-1935)