Greenfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Greenfield was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Greenfield family lived in one of the many places named Grenville in Normandy. Grenville was a seaport in Lower Normandy. There are also many places in Normandy called Grainville, which is a place-name derived from the Germanic personal name Guarin, which means guard, and the Old French word ville, which means village or settlement.

Early Origins of the Greenfield family

The surname Greenfield was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they descend from Richard de Grenville who came with the Conqueror in the train of Walter Giffard, Earl of Longeville and Buckingham. He was son in law of Giffard. [1]

Cornwall and Devon is home to the family too as George Grenville of Stowe stated in 1711 in a letter to his nephew: "Your ancestors for at least five hundred years never made any alliances, male of female, out of the western counties: thus there is hardly a gentleman either in Cornwall or Devon, but has some of you blood, as you of theirs."

Important Dates for the Greenfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenfield research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1315, 1542, 1591, 1576, 1577, 1596, 1643, 1600, 1658, 1628, 1701, 1661, 1701, 1691, 1693, 1692, 1711, 1707, 1666, 1735 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Greenfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 Granville, Granfield, Grandfield, Greenfield and others.

Early Notables of the Greenfield family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Richard Grenville (1542-1591), an English sailor from Bideford, Devon, sea captain and explorer, Sheriff of Cornwall (1576-1577) and Sheriff of Cork; Sir Bevil Grenville (1596-1643), Royalist soldier in the English Civil War, and Member of Parliament; Sir Richard Grenville (Granville) (1600-1658), 1st Baronet, a Cornish Royalist leader during the English Civil War; John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath (1628-1701), English Royalist statesman during the English Civil War, who was made Lord...
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Migration of the Greenfield family to Ireland

Some of the Greenfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Charles Greenfield, who arrived in Georgia in 1738 [2]
  • William Greenfield, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Edward B Greenfield, who arrived in America in 1810 [2]
  • David Greenfield, who landed in New York in 1822 [2]
  • Robert Greenfield, who landed in New York in 1835 [2]
  • 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.)

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

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
  • James Greenfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [3]
  • Daniel Greenfield, aged 26, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [4]
  • Matilda Greenfield, aged 20, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [4]
  • Daniel Greenfield, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine" [4]

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 [5]
  • ... (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 [6]
  • Andrew Jackson Greenfield (1835-1931), American politician, Mayor of Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1882-83; Postmaster at Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1885-89 [6]
  • Alexander Greenfield, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Delaware, 1961-69 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Greenfield family

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 [7]
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 [8]
  • 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 [8]
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 [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  9. ^ 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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