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The name Greenham first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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. Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire.

Greenham Early Origins



The surname Greenham was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Greenham Spelling Variations


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Greenham Spelling Variations



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 Greenham has appeared include Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.

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Greenham Early History


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Greenham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenham research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1540 and 1594 are included under the topic Early Greenham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenham In Ireland


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Greenham In Ireland



Some of the Greenham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Greenham arrived in North America very early:

Greenham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Greenham who settled in New England in 1768
  • Richard Greenham, who landed in America in 1768

Greenham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Greenham, aged 24, landed in Ohio in 1812
  • Mary Greenham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Henry Greenham, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1854

Greenham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Wallace Greenham, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Greenham, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenham (post 1700)



  • John Greenham, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Spezia, 1884
  • Chris Greenham, Academy Award-winning English sound editor
  • Richard Greenham (1535-1594), English clergyman of Puritan views
  • Dave P. Greenham (b. 1889), Australian rules footballer
  • Robert Greenham, Artist and Writer
  • Peter Greenham (1909-1992), British Painter

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Greenham Historic Events


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Greenham Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Samuel Albert Greenham (b. 1906), English Stoker 1st Class from Exeter, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Greenham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenham 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 November 2015 at 11:44.

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