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The surname Greenspoon is etymologically derived from "gruen" meaning "green." It is thought that the name Greenspoon 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, Greenspoon 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."

Greenspoon Early Origins



The surname Greenspoon 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).

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Greenspoon Spelling Variations


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Greenspoon Spelling Variations



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

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Greenspoon Early History


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Greenspoon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenspoon research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1749 is included under the topic Early Greenspoon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenspoon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenspoon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenspoon 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 or some of its variants were: Christoph Gruen who went to North America in 1777; Hienrich Gruen who came to North America in 1783; Johann Gruen who sailed to North America in 1737. Franz Gruen settled in Texas in 1845 and Friedrich Gruen immigrated to North America in 1832 at the age of 2. James Gruen settled in Ontario in 1871.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenspoon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenspoon (post 1700)



  • Jimmy Greenspoon (1948-2015), American keyboard player and composer, best known as a member of the band Three Dog Night
  • Danny Greenspoon, Canadian two-time Gemini Award winning music producer, music engineer, guitar player and film composer, his albums have been nominated 16 times for Juno Awards, winning five times

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Greenspoon Family Crest Products


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Greenspoon Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Greenspoon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenspoon 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 13 March 2015 at 12:04.

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