Greenland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Greenland family

The surname Greenland was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1400 when John Greenland held estates in that county.

Early History of the Greenland family

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Greenland Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Greenland, Greenlan, Grenland, Greinland and others.

Early Notables of the Greenland family (pre 1700)

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United States Greenland migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Greenland, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1644 [1]
  • Frances Greenland, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1677 [1]
Greenland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Augustine Greenland, who arrived in Virginia in 1774 [1]

Australia Greenland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Greenland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Greenland, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Byard Greenland, (b. 1830), aged 33, English ploughman who was convicted in Taunton, Somerset, England for life for murder, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia, he died in 1879 [3]

New Zealand Greenland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Greenland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss S Greenland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [4]
  • George Greenland, aged 27, a bootmaker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Charlotte Greenland, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Arthur Greenland, aged 11 mths, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Greenland (post 1700) +

  • Seth Greenland, American novelist, screenwriter and playwright
  • C. M. Greenland, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1918 [5]
  • Colin Greenland (b. 1954), British science fiction writer

Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. Charles Greenland (b. 1856), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [6]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ Entombed in flood and flame (retrieved 3rd August 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook
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