Show ContentsGroenewald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Groenewald name comes from the Middle Dutch "groene," which means "green." As a surname, it came from a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in green.

Early Origins of the Groenewald family

The surname Groenewald was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Groenewald family

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Groenewald Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Groen, Grön, Groenen, Groenhof, Groenenberg, Groenendyck, Groenenvelt, Groenewegen, Groengras, Groenincx, Groening, Groenwyck, Groenesteyn, Gröngert, Grone, Gronedel, Gronefel, Grönhagen and many more.

Early Notables of the Groenewald family (pre 1700)

From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Pieter Anthonisz. van Groenewegen (1590/1600-1658), a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter, member of the Guild of Saint Luke (1626), joined the Confrerie Pictura (1657), many of his works now reside...
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Groenewald Ranking

In South Africa, the name Groenewald is the 275th most popular surname with an estimated 24,873 people with that name. [1]

United States Groenewald migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Groenewald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Theodor Groenewald, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Groenewald (post 1700) +

  • Timothy Groenewald (b. 1984), South African cricketer
  • Sarah Groenewald (b. 1985), female Australian footballer

  1. "Most Common Last Names in South Africa." Forebears,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook