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Greenman is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the chapelry of Greeham in the parish of Thatcham in the county of Berkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English Greenham, which refers to either a green river-bed or a green homestead. Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire.

Greenman Early Origins



The surname Greenman was first found in Berkshire, 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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Greenman Spelling Variations


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Greenman 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 Greenman family name include Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.

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Greenman Early History


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Greenman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenman research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1540 and 1594 are included under the topic Early Greenman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenman In Ireland


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Greenman In Ireland



Some of the Greenman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Greenman surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Greenman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Greenman, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682

Greenman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Greenman, who settled in America, in 1892

Greenman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Catherine Greenman, aged 40, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1908
  • George Sydney Greenman, aged 26, who landed in America from Clapham England, in 1908
  • Annie Greenman, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1911
  • Flora Greenman, aged 43, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Dorothy Greenman, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Bradford, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenman (post 1700)



  • Jesse More Greenman (1867-1951), American botanist, noted for his work at the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Edward Whitford Greenman (1840-1908), American politician, banker and merchant, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1887-1889)
  • Ben Greenman (b. 1969), American New York Times bestselling writer and magazine editor
  • David Greenman (b. 1977), American soap opera actor, known for his work in About Last Night (2014), Loyalties (2003) and Squaresville (2012)
  • Henry T. Greenman, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport, 1902
  • George Greenman, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwich, 1901-04
  • Frederick F. Greenman, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 15th District, 1934; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1936
  • Edward Whitford Greenman (1840-1908), American Democrat politician, Rensselaer County Clerk, 1868-71; U.S. Representative from New York 18th District, 1887-89
  • Edward Greenman, American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1704
  • Clark Greenman, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 7th District, 1854
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Greenman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenman 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 2 July 2016 at 12:35.

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