Greenspan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Greenspan is etymologically derived from "gruen" meaning "green." It is thought that the name Greenspan may have been of occupational origin for a chemist who specialized in working with verdigris, a basic acetate of copper used as a green pigment or dye. Alternatively, Greenspan may have been of nickname origin. Here the name would likely indicate somebody who liked to wear green clothes. And finally, the name may also derive from the Middle Low German "grone" or "groen" meaning "greedy for."

Early Origins of the Greenspan family

The surname Greenspan was first found in the southwest corner of Germany where the name has been found in records dating from the 13th century. The earliest found citing of this name shows that Frater (brother) Cuonrad, a monk called Grueni, lived in Heiligkreuztal, near Saulgau, in the year 1286. Other early records of this name include Johann Christof von der Gruen, a councilor of the Kurpfalz (an area in southwest Germany).

Important Dates for the Greenspan family

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Greenspan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gruen, Gruenauer, Gruenbacher, Gruenberger, Gruenhut, Gruenmann, Gruenspan and many more.

Early Notables of the Greenspan family (pre 1700)

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Greenspan migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenspan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adolf Greenspan, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Bertha Greenspan, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Abraham Greenspan, aged 15, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Armin Greenspan, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1922
  • Chaim Greenspan, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Greenspan (post 1700)

  • Alan Greenspan (b. 1926), American administrator and economist, chairman of Council of Economic Advisors 1974-1977 and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board (1987-2006), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ezra Martin Greenspan (b. 1919), American physician and author
  • Stanley Greenspan (b. 1941), U.S. psychiatrist
  • Jason Scott Greenspan, American actor, better known by his stage name Jason Alexander, best known for his role as George Costanza on the television series Seinfeld
  • Bud Greenspan (b. 1926), U.S. film director
  • Morton Greenspan, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 8th District, 1954; Candidate for borough President of Queens, New York, 1969 [1]
  • Louis Greenspan, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 13th District, 1919 [1]
  • Jerome Greenspan, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 5th District, 1934 [1]
  • Edward Greenspan (b. 1944), Canadian lawyer

Citations

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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