Greenfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Greenfield family

The surname Greenfield 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 Greenfield family

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Greenfield Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Greenfield are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Greenfield include Greenfield, Greenfeild, Greenville, Greenvile and others.

Early Notables of the Greenfield family (pre 1700)

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United States Greenfield migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Greenfield, or a variant listed above:

Greenfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Greenfield, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Greenfield, who arrived in New England in 1635 [5]
  • Christopher Greenfield, who arrived in America in 1636
  • Barbara Greenfield, who settled in Boston in 1637
  • Mary Greenfield, who arrived in Boston in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Greenfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Greenfield, who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1733
  • Sarah Greenfield, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 [5]
  • Charles Greenfield, who arrived in Georgia in 1738 [5]
  • William Greenfield, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [5]
  • Jesse Greenfield, who arrived in Mississippi in 1792
Greenfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Greenfield, who arrived in America in 1801-1802 [5]
  • Edward B Greenfield, who arrived in America in 1810 [5]
  • David Greenfield, who landed in New York in 1822 [5]
  • Robert Greenfield, who landed in New York in 1835 [5]
  • Anne Agnes Greenfield, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Greenfield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Greenfield, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Australia Greenfield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Greenfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dennis Greenfield, English convict who was convicted in Norfolk, Norfolkshire, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Henry Greenfield, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Samuel Greenfield, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • James Greenfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [9]
  • Daniel Greenfield, aged 26, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Greenfield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Greenfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Greenfield, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Susan Greenfield, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • George Greenfield, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Mary A. Greenfield, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Mr. Thomas Greenfield, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Greenfield (post 1700) +

  • Richard "Ricky" Greenfield (1942-2014), American publisher, owner and publisher of the Jewish Ledger from 1994 until 2013
  • Jerry Greenfield (b. 1951), American co-founder and co-eponym of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream company
  • Elizabeth Greenfield (1824-1876), African-American singer
  • Jeff Greenfield (b. 1943), American television journalist and author
  • Howard Greenfield (1936-1986), American songwriter
  • Chloe Greenfield (b. 1995), American actress
  • Brock L. Greenfield (b. 1976), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 2004, 2008; Elected South Dakota State House of Representatives 6th District 2010 [12]
  • Andrew Jackson Greenfield (1835-1931), American politician, Mayor of Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1882-83; Postmaster at Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1885-89 [12]
  • Alexander Greenfield, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Delaware, 1961-69 [12]
  • Albert M. Greenfield (1887-1967), American politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964; Democratic Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1956 [12]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Ruth Greenfield (1849-1914), née Johnson Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Blanche Greenfield, (née Strouse), aged 45, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7 [14]
  • Mr. William Bertram Greenfield (1888-1949), aged 23, American First Class passenger and businessman in the fur trade from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7 [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Carroll Gale Greenfield, American Seaman First Class from Oregon, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]


  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)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  8. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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