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The ancient roots of the Greenhalgh family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Greenhalgh comes from when the family lived in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greenhalgh 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 Greenhalgh 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.


The surname Greenhalgh was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Greenhalgh has appeared include Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenhalgh 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 Greenhalgh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Greenhalgh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Greenhalgh arrived in North America very early:

Greenhalgh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Greenhalgh, aged 29, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Robert Greenhalgh, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Adam, Edward, James, John, Joseph, Peter, Robert and William Greenhalgh all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1832 and 1880

Greenhalgh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Greenhalgh, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia

  • William Greenhalgh, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schenectady County, 1872
  • George D. Greenhalgh, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1944; Rhode Island Republican State Chair, 1945
  • Benjamin James "Ben" Greenhalgh (b. 1992), English footballer
  • Harry Greenhalgh (1900-1982), English footballer
  • Norman Greenhalgh (1914-1995), English footballer
  • Sam Greenhalgh (1882-1955), English footballer
  • Jimmy Greenhalgh (1923-2013), English manager of the Darlington Football Club from 1966-1968
  • John Greenhalgh, English Company director
  • Brian Greenhalgh (b. 1947), English former professional footballer
  • Shaun Greenhalgh (b. 1961), infamous British art forger, who fooled the Tate Modern, the British Museum, the Henry Moore Institute, and auction houses Bonhams, Christies, Sothebys and many more
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    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Greenhalgh Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Greenhalgh 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.

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