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Greenwalt is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived 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.

Greenwalt Early Origins



The surname Greenwalt was 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.

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Greenwalt Spelling Variations


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Greenwalt Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Greenwalt family name include Grenwell, Greenwell, Greenwall, Grenwall and others.

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Greenwalt Early History


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Greenwalt Early History



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

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Greenwalt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenwalt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Greenwalt 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Greenwalt surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Greenwalt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Greenwalt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1759

Greenwalt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Greenwalt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • John Greenwalt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • A Greenwalt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Charles Greenwalt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenwalt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenwalt (post 1700)



  • David Greenwalt (b. 1949), American screenwriter, director and producer, best known as the co-executive producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and co-creator of Angel
  • William S. Greenwalt, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1970, 1974
  • Roy D. Greenwalt, American politician, Mayor of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 1948
  • Gilbert C. Greenwalt, American politician, Secretary of State of Iowa, 1931-33
  • George W. Greenwalt, American Democrat politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives 58th District, 1913-17

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Greenwalt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenwalt 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 November 2015 at 10:47.

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