The present generation of the Greenhalf family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greenhalf originally derived from greene
as n the village greene
which was the center or main square of each region. Many inhabitants in various counties adopted this surname as part of their family's nomenclature. The surname Greenhalf is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Greenhalf family
The surname Greenhalf was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Greenhalf family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenhalf research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1576, 1591, 1671, 1611, 1648, 1655, 1615, 1679, 1669, 1740, 1646, 1708, 1644 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Greenhalf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greenhalf Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Greenhalf include Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.
Early Notables of the Greenhalf family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Greenhill (1591-1671), an English nonconformist clergyman from Oxfordshire
, independent minister, and member of the Westminster Assembly; Thomas Greenhill (1611/12-1658), an English colonial administrator, one of the early pioneers of the East India Company and the Agent of Madras for two terms (1648-52) and (1655-58)... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenhalf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greenhalf family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Greenhalf were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Greenhalf Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- George Greenhalf, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1924