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The ancestors of the name Greenwell date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Greenwell family 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.

Greenwell Early Origins



The surname Greenwell 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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Greenwell Spelling Variations


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Greenwell 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 Greenwell 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. The variations of the name Greenwell include: Grenwell, Greenwell, Greenwall, Grenwall and others.

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Greenwell Early History


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Greenwell Early History



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

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Greenwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Greenwell 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Greenwell or a variant listed above:

Greenwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Greenwell, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • James Greenwell, who landed in Maryland in 1654
  • John Greenwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1654

Greenwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Acton Greenwell who settled in New England in 1775

Greenwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Greenwell who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852
  • Richard Greenwell who arrived in Philadelphia in 1855
  • Thomas Greenwell who arrived in Philadelphia in 1862
  • Francis Greenwell who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1862
  • Benjamin Greenwell, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1894

Greenwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur B. Greenwell, aged 27, who settled in America from Sunderland, in 1905
  • John Greenwell, aged 23, who landed in America from Newcastle on Tyne, in 1905
  • John Wilson Greenwell, aged 74, who settled in America from Newcastle, England, in 1907
  • Mathew Temperby Greenwell, aged 23, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • William Greenwell, aged 54, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greenwell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Francis Greenwell, aged 41, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenwell (post 1700)



  • Tom Greenwell, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Judge of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 2000
  • Linda Greenwell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2004
  • J. L. Greenwell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1952
  • Michael Lewis Greenwell (b. 1963), American professional Major League baseball player
  • Dora Greenwell (1821-1882), English author and biographer
  • Canon William Greenwell FRS, FSA, FSA.Scot (1820-1918), English archaeologist
  • Jack Greenwell (1884-1942), former English footballer and manager
  • J Richard Greenwell (1942-2005), English cryptozoologist and explorer
  • Carlyle Greenwell (1884-1961), Australian architect

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    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. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Greenwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenwell 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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