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The history of the Greenough family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Greenhalg in Kirkham and Greenhalg Castle in Garstang. The surname Greenough originally derived from greene as n the village greene which was the center or main square of each region. Many inhabitants in various counties adopted this surname as part of their family's nomenclature. The surname Greenough is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Greenough Early Origins



The surname Greenough was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Greenough Spelling Variations


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Greenough Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Greenough include Greenhalgh, Greenhow, Greenhough, Greenhall and others.

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Greenough Early History


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Greenough Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenough research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1576, 1591, 1671, 1611, 1648, 1655, 1615, 1679, 1669, 1740, 1646, 1708, 1644 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Greenough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenough Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenough Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William Greenhill (1591-1671), an English nonconformist clergyman from Oxfordshire, independent minister, and member of the Westminster Assembly; Thomas Greenhill (1611/12-1658), an English colonial administrator, one of the early pioneers of the East India Company and the Agent of Madras for two terms (1648-52) and (1655-58)...

Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenough 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Greenough or a variant listed above:

Greenough Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Greenough, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656
  • William Greenough, (another variant), a sea Captain from Lancashire, settled in Boston in 1669
  • William Greenough, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1684

Greenough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Greenough, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1701

Greenough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C Greenough, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Greenough Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Greenough, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Moses Greenough U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Greenough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Greenough, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • James W. Greenough arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • Joshua Greenough, aged 37, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenough (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenough (post 1700)



  • William Bates Greenough (1866-1956), American Republican politician, Rhode Island State Attorney General, 1905-12; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1916; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1924
  • Frederick L. Greenough, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of Trumbull, Connecticut, 1957
  • Peter Greenough (1917-2006), American journalist and editor, husband of opera singer Beverly Sills
  • Horatio Greenough (1805-1852), American sculptor
  • George Bellas Greenough (1778-1855), English geologist
  • James Bradstreet Greenough (1833-1901), United States classical scholar

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Greenough Historic Events


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Greenough Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Rita Mary  Greenough (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. John  Greenough (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Herbert  Greenough, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. John  Greenough (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Miss Dorothy Estella  Greenough (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Greenough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenough 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.

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