Greenhorn is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greenhorn 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 Greenhorn 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 Greenhorn family
The surname Greenhorn was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Greenhorn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenhorn 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 Greenhorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greenhorn Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Greenhorn family name include Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.
Early Notables of the Greenhorn 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 Greenhorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greenhorn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Greenhorn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Anne Greenhorn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
- John Greenhorn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
- Margaret Greenhorn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
- Elizabeth Greenhorn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848