The Groenewegen 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 Groenewegen family
The surname Groenewegen 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 Groenewegen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groenewegen research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1719, 1781, 1832, 1590, 1600, 1658, 1626, 1657, 1609 and 1609 are included under the topic Early Groenewegen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Groenewegen 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 Groenewegen 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... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groenewegen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Groenewegen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thobias Groen, who came to New Netherland in 1659; Arent Eldertszen Groen, who came to New York, NY in 1665; Jacob Marius Groen, who arrived in New York in 1715.
Contemporary Notables of the name Groenewegen (post 1700)
- Dylan Groenewegen (b. 1993), Dutch professional road racing cyclist
- Robert Groenewegen (b. 1960), former Australian rules footballer who played 79 matches for the Footscray Football Club from 1978 to 1986
- Jane Mary "Ostler" Groenewegen (b. 1956), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories (1995-1999)
- Leo Groenewegen (b. 1953), former Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne in 1971
- Leo Groenewegen (b. 1965), Canadian former CFL all-star offensive lineman