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Where did the English Greenwald family come from? What is the English Greenwald family crest and coat of arms? When did the Greenwald family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Greenwald family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Greenwald comes from when the family resided as dwellers beside the green grassy hill or body of water. The name comes from the Old English words "green," and "well." No doubt, the first to use this surname were a family who lived on lush green ground near a well, spring or stream. As such, the surname is classed as a topographic surname, one based on physical features near the residence, such as hills, streams, churches, etc.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Greenwald has been recorded under many different variations, including Grenwell, Greenwell, Greenwall, Grenwall and others.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Greenwell in the parish of Walsingham, and are descended from Gulielmus the Presbyter who held those lands in 1183. His son James assumed the name of the lands, Greenwell.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenwald research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greenwald History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Greenwald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Greenwald or a variant listed above:

Greenwald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Greenwald, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • John Greenwald, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • A Greenwald, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872


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The Greenwald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenwald 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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