The ancestry of the name Greenhall dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greenhall 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 Greenhall 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 Greenhall family
The surname Greenhall was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Greenhall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenhall 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 Greenhall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greenhall Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Greenhall have been found, including Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.
Early Notables of the Greenhall 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 Greenhall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greenhall family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Greenhall, or a variant listed above:
Greenhall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Ann Greenhall, who settled in Maryland in 1741