Greenly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Scottish surname Greenly 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."

Early Origins of the Greenly family

The surname Greenly 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.

"[Greenlaw, Berwickshire] is supposed to have derived its name from the situation of the ancient village on one of those conical eminences of which there are several in the parish, which eminence, from its superior verdure, obtained the appellation of the Green Law." [1]

Early History of the Greenly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenly research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1689, 1729, 1820, 1696, 1354 and 1421 are included under the topic Early Greenly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Greenly Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Greenly family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Greenly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Greenly migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Steeven Greenly, aged 16, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Greenly (post 1700) +

  • William L. Greenly (1813-1883), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State Senate, 1839-40, 1842-43; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1846-47; Governor of Michigan, 1847-48; Mayor of Adrian, Michigan, 1858-59 [3]
  • Thomas Greenly, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1817-19; Member of New York State Senate 5th District, 1823-25 [3]


The Greenly 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.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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