Greenfie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Greenfie family

The surname Greenfie 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 Greenfie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenfie research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1091, 1399 and 1528 are included under the topic Early Greenfie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Greenfie Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Greenfie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Greenfie family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Greenfield, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Christopher Greenfield, who arrived in America in 1636; Barbara Greenfield, who settled in Boston in 1637.



  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.


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