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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.

Greenfield Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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."

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Greenfield Spelling Variations


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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 Granville, Granfield, Grandfield, Greenfield and others.

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Greenfield Early History


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Greenfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenfield research. Another 289 words (21 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.

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Greenfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenfield Early Notables (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...

Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenfield In Ireland


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Greenfield In Ireland



Some of the Greenfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • 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 came to Savannah, Georgia in 1733
  • Sarah Greenfield, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733
  • Charles Greenfield, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
  • William Greenfield, who landed in Georgia in 1738
  • 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
  • Edward B Greenfield, who arrived in America in 1810
  • David Greenfield, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Robert Greenfield, who landed in New York in 1835
  • 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 Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Greenfield, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Greenfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Greenfield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Daniel Greenfield, aged 26, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • Matilda Greenfield, aged 20, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • Daniel Greenfield, aged 26, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"

Greenfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Greenfield, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Susan Greenfield, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • George Greenfield arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Mary A. Greenfield arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Joseph B. Greenfield arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenfield (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • Andrew Jackson Greenfield (1835-1931), American politician, Mayor of Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1882-83; Postmaster at Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1885-89
  • Alexander Greenfield, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Delaware, 1961-69
  • 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
  • Alan Greenfield, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Aventura, Florida, 2005
  • D. C. Greenfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1860
  • Don Greenfield (b. 1951), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 2004, 2008 (alternate)
  • E. D. Greenfield, American politician, Mayor of Marshall, Michigan, 1924-25
  • George A. Greenfield, American Democrat politician, Idaho Democratic State Chair, 1955
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Greenfield Historic Events


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Greenfield Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914

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
  • 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

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.


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Citations


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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm

Other References

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  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  11. ...

The Greenfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 18:37.

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