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The Scottish surname Greenlee is a habitational name taken on one of the places named Greenlees, in Lanarkshire. The place name comes from the Scots words "gre-ne" meaning "green," and "ley(s)," meaning a "a meadow."

Greenlee Early Origins



The surname Greenlee was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, 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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Greenlee Spelling Variations


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Greenlee Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Greenlees, Greenleaf, Greenleas, Greenles and others.

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Greenlee Early History


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Greenlee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenlee research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1689, 1729, 1820, 1696, 1354 and 1421 are included under the topic Early Greenlee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenlee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenlee Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenlee 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenlee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Greenlee, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • J. R. Greenlee, aged 35, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1892
  • W. B. Greenlee, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. R. L. Greenlee, aged 45, who emigrated to America, in 1894

Greenlee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Greenlee, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1905
  • Mary Greenlee, aged 41, who settled in America from Belfast, in 1906
  • Clara Greenlee, aged 3, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1906
  • John Greenlee, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1907
  • William Greenlee, aged 20, who landed in America from Armagh, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greenlee Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Helen Greenlee, aged 33, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1923
  • Nellie M. Greenlee, aged 34, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenlee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenlee (post 1700)



  • Samuel Elder "Sam" Greenlee Jr. (1930-2014), African-American writer, best known for his novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door, chosen as The Sunday Times Book of the Year (1969)
  • William K. Greenlee, American Democratic Councilman-at-Large on the City Council of Philadelphia
  • Bob Greenlee, American politician, Mayor of Boulder, Colorado from 1998 to 1999
  • Kathy Greenlee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 2004, 2008
  • David N. Greenlee (b. 1943), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, 2000-
  • Cassius M. Greenlee, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1900
  • C. F. Greenlee, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1908
  • Bob Greenlee, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 2nd District, 1998
  • A. W. Greenlee, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County; Elected 1948
  • Pleas Greenlee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1944, 1948
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Viresco
Motto Translation: I flourish.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Greenlee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenlee 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 13 November 2015 at 10:45.

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