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Where did the English Greenhalgh family come from? What is the English Greenhalgh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Greenhalgh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Greenhalgh family history?

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.


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.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.


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.


Another 201 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenhalgh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • 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
  • Sean Greenhalgh (b. 1982), Canadian lacrosse player in the National Lacrosse League


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The Greenhalgh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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