Greenghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Greenghan name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the chapelry of Greeham in the parish of Thatcham in the county of Berkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English Greenham, which refers to either a green river-bed or a green homestead. 
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Greenham, a tything, in the parish of Ashbrittle, union of Wellington, hundred of Milverton in Somerset. 
Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire, Scotland
Early Origins of the Greenghan family
The surname Greenghan was first found in Somerset, where Simon de Gryndham was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1268. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Ralph de Greneham, Suffolk and Ralph de Grenham was also listed in Suffolk, 20 Edward I: Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. 
Early History of the Greenghan family
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Greenghan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Greenghan were recorded, including Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.
Early Notables of the Greenghan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Ralph Greenham of Suffolk; and Richard Greenham or Grenham (1535?-1594), an early Puritan Minister, at Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. He "was probably born about 1535, and went at an...
Migration of the Greenghan family to Ireland
Some of the Greenghan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Greenghan family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Greenghan family emigrate to North America: Richard Greenham who settled in New England in 1768.