The Greenyn name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having 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.
Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire.
Early Origins of the Greenyn family
The surname Greenyn was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Greenyn family
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Greenyn Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Greenyn has undergone many spelling variations
, including Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.
Early Notables of the Greenyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greenyn family to Ireland
Some of the Greenyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 Greenyn family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Greenyn were among those contributors: Richard Greenham who settled in New England