The Greint name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the village greene
which was the center or main square of each region. It is derived from the Old English "grene," meaning "green," and was most likely first borne by a family who lived in the village greene, the center or main square of a region. Alternatively, it may have been bestowed as a nickname
on someone who was particularly fond of dressing in green.
Early Origins of the Greint family
The surname Greint was first found in Kent
, where the earliest record of the name was Geoffrey Greene who was recorded in a Poll Tax
in 1188. As every early English village had a green, the surname Greint emerged independently in many different places during the Middle Ages, thus creating several early branches of the Greint family. Richard de la Grene was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1200 and Geoffrey Attegrene was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire
in 1206. The prefix "atte" was a popular namesake which meant in this case "at the green."
Early History of the Greint family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greint research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1461, 1506, 1462, 1558, 1592, 1636, 1685, 1620, 1708, 1690, 1700, 1614, 1702, 1630, 1679, 1705 and are included under the topic Early Greint History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greint 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 Greint has undergone many spelling variations
, including Greene, Green, Grene, Grean and others.
Early Notables of the Greint family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas de Green (c.1461-1506), Lord of Greens Norton, received Boughton, Greens Norton, and large monetary grants through his inheritance upon the death of his father in 1462; Dr. John Green, the Bishop of Lincoln; Sir William Greene of Oxford, Alderman Greene of... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greint Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greint family to Ireland
Some of the Greint family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 197 words (14 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 Greint 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 Greint were among those contributors: Aderton Greene, who came to Virginia in 1623; John Greene, who settled in Boston in 1625; Abigail Greene, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632.
The Greint Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtus semper viridis
Motto Translation: Virtue is always flourishing.