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The Scottish surname Greenlees 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."

Greenlees Early Origins



The surname Greenlees 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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Greenlees Spelling Variations


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Greenlees Spelling Variations



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

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Greenlees Early History


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Greenlees Early History



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

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Greenlees Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenlees Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Greenlees Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Greenlees, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1683-1684

Greenlees Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Greenlees, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • John Greenlees, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774

Greenlees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Greenlees, who arrived in Ohio in 1858

Greenlees Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Greenlees, aged 41, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • William Greenlees, aged 41, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Isabella Greenlees, aged 36, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851

Greenlees Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Neil Greenlees arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berwickshire" in 1881

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenlees (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenlees (post 1700)



  • Robert Greenlees (1820-1894), Scottish stained glass artist and teacher at the Glasgow School of Art
  • Dr. James Robertson Campbell Greenlees DSO &Bar (1878-1951), Scottish rugby union footballer and educationlist, Member of the Scotland National Team (1900-1903)
  • Donald "Don" Greenlees (1875-1800), Scottish professional footballer who played from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Member of the Scottish League XI National Team in 1904
  • Duncan Greenlees (1899-1966), East African-born, English writer, theosophist and educationist, known for having written the 'World Gospel Series' from 1949 to 1966
  • Gavin Greenlees (1930-1983), Australian poet

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. 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).
    9. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. 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 Greenlees Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenlees 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 24 November 2014 at 15:17.

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