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The ancient history of the Greenhill name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greenhill 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 Greenhill 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.

Greenhill Early Origins



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

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Greenhill Spelling Variations


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Greenhill Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Greenhill include Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.

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Greenhill Early History


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Greenhill Early History



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

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Greenhill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenhill Early Notables (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 Greenhill Notables 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Greenhill or a variant listed above:

Greenhill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Greenhill, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Martha Greenhill, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Greenhill, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Greenhill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Greenhill, who arrived in New England in 1773

Greenhill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Greenhill, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Elk Greenhill, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Greenhill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Greenhill, aged 51, a clerk, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • Joseph Greenhill, aged 51, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • Ann Greenhill, aged 48, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • John Greenhill, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • Ellen Greenhill, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greenhill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R Greenhill landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1839
  • Peter Greenhill landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Greenhill arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenhill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenhill (post 1700)



  • William Alexander Greenhill (1814-1894), English physician, literary editor and sanitary reformer
  • Joseph Greenhill (1704-1788), English theological writer
  • Gary Greenhill (b. 1985), Scottish professional football midfielder
  • Ernest Greenhill (1887-1967), 1st Baron Greenhill, a Scottish politician
  • Denis Arthur Greenhill GCMG, OBE (1913-2000), Baron Greenhill of Harrow, the British Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1969 to 1973
  • David Greenhill Gardyne (1796-1867), Baron of Findhaven, Scottish Member of the East India Company's Civil Service
  • David Greenhill (b. 1985), Scottish professional football midfielder
  • Craig Greenhill (b. 1972), Australian former rugby league footballer
  • Dr. Basil Jack Greenhill (1920-2003), British diplomat, museum director and historian, Director of the National Maritime Museum (1967-1983)
  • Sir Alfred George Greenhill F.R.S. (1847-1927), British mathematician who developed a rule of thumb for calculating the optimal twist rate for lead-core bullets in 1879

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. 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.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

    The Greenhill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenhill 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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