Show ContentsGreenup History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Greenup is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family 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. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Greenham, a tything, in the parish of Ashbrittle, union of Wellington, hundred of Milverton in Somerset. [2]

Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire, Scotland

Early Origins of the Greenup family

The surname Greenup was first found in Somerset, where Simon de Gryndham was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1268. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Ralph de Greneham, Suffolk and Ralph de Grenham was also listed in Suffolk, 20 Edward I: Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. [4]

Early History of the Greenup family

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Greenup Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Greenup are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Greenup include: Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.

Early Notables of the Greenup family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Ralph Greenham of Suffolk; and Richard Greenham or Grenham (1535?-1594), an early Puritan Minister, at Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. He "was probably born about 1535, and went at an...
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Ireland Migration of the Greenup family to Ireland

Some of the Greenup family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Greenup migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Greenup or a variant listed above:

Greenup Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lotta C. Greenup, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Lotta Greenup, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Lotta Carleton Greenup, aged 29, who immigrated to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1913
  • Julian Cecil Greenup, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Long Beach, Calif., in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Greenup (post 1700) +

  • Christopher Greenup (1750-1818), American politician, Clerk of the Kentucky State Senate, 1799-1802; Circuit Judge in Kentucky, 1802; 3rd Governor of Kentucky, 1804-08; Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1808 [5]
  • Angie Greenup (b. 1981), American comedian and television host, known for Reaper Reunion Special (2013), Smash Cuts (2009) and It's Effin' Science (2010)
  • L. F. Greenup, American politician, Delegate to Montana convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [5]
  • Julian C. Greenup, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Las Palmas, 1922-24 [5]
  • Arthur Edward Greenup (1902-1980), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Dalley (1953-1955)

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook