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Early Origins of the Greenfeild family

The surname Greenfeild was first found in Suffolk where Peter de Grenefeld was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1242. Later, John de Grenefeud was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. The name literally means "dweller by the green field." [1]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 including Willelmus Grenefeld and Elena Grenefeld as holding lands there at that time. [2]

William of Greenfield (d. 1315), was "Archbishop of York and Chancellor, was of good family and a kinsman of Archbishop Walter Giffard, and of Bishop Godfrey Giffard of Worcester. The statement that he was born in Cornwall is probably due to a confusion of him with the Grenvilles. A more probable conjecture connects him with a hamlet which bears his name in Lincolnshire." [3]

Indeed, Greenfield is a hamlet, "in the parish of Aby, union of Louth, Marsh division of the hundred of Calceworth, parts of Lindsey, county of Lincoln." [4]

Early History of the Greenfeild family

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Greenfeild Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Greenfield, Greenfeild, Greenville, Greenvile and others.

Early Notables of the Greenfeild family (pre 1700)

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United States Greenfeild migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenfeild Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Greenfeild, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Jane Greenfeild, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [5]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook