Grenhan is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Grenhan family once 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 Grenhan family
The surname Grenhan 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 Grenhan family
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Grenhan 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 Grenhan family name include Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.
Early Notables of the Grenhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grenhan family to Ireland
Some of the Grenhan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Grenhan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Grenhan surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Greenham who settled in New England