Greene / Family History
The ancient origin of the name Greene
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Meaning 'at the green', a grassy plot used by the village as a common.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Greene
include Green, Greening, Greenman, Greemon, Greenaway, Greenbank and Greenfield. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Deonista ate Grene and a Robert Greneway, Oxford, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. In Ireland this name is nearly always spelt with an 'e' as Greene and originates from the Provinces of Connacht and Munster. It is an anglicized version of a number of Gaelic sept names including O'hUainin, O'Fathaigh and O'Grianain that were more usually changed to Honeen, Fahy and Greenan.The Greene
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Greene