name Greyn comes from the family having resided 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 Greyn family
The surname Greyn 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 Greyn emerged independently in many different places during the Middle Ages, thus creating several early branches of the Greyn 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 Greyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greyn 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 Greyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greyn Spelling Variations
Greyn has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Greene, Green, Grene, Grean and others.
Early Notables of the Greyn 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 Greyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greyn family to Ireland
Some of the Greyn 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 Greyn family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Greyns to arrive on North American shores: 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 Greyn 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.