The present generation of the Greent family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the village greene
which was the center or main square of each region. It is derived from the Old English "grene," meaning "green," and was most likely first borne by a family who lived in the village greene, the center or main square of a region. Alternatively, it may have been bestowed as a nickname
on someone who was particularly fond of dressing in green.
Early Origins of the Greent family
The surname Greent was first found in Kent
, where the earliest record of the name was Geoffrey Greene who was recorded in a Poll Tax
in 1188. As every early English village had a green, the surname Greent emerged independently in many different places during the Middle Ages, thus creating several early branches of the Greent family. Richard de la Grene was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1200 and Geoffrey Attegrene was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire
in 1206. The prefix "atte" was a popular namesake which meant in this case "at the green."
Early History of the Greent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greent research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1461, 1506, 1462, 1558, 1592, 1636, 1685, 1620, 1708, 1690, 1700, 1614, 1702, 1630, 1679, 1705 and are included under the topic Early Greent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greent Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Greent include Greene, Green, Grene, Grean and others.
Early Notables of the Greent family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas de Green (c.1461-1506), Lord of Greens Norton, received Boughton, Greens Norton, and large monetary grants through his inheritance upon the death of his father in 1462; Dr. John Green, the Bishop of Lincoln; Sir William Greene of Oxford, Alderman Greene of... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greent family to Ireland
Some of the Greent family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greent family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Greent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Aderton Greene, who came to Virginia in 1623; John Greene, who settled in Boston in 1625; Abigail Greene, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632.
The Greent 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: Virtus semper viridis
Motto Translation: Virtue is always flourishing.