Last name: Green

Recorded in the spellings of Green and Greene, this is one of the most widespread of English, and sometimes Irish, surnames. It is usually of pre 7th century origins, and derives from the word "grene" meaning green. As such it may be topographical for a person resident by a village green or even a place called Green, or as a status name for a young man who played the part of the mystic and fertile "Green Man" sometimes known as "Jack in the Green", in the May Day fertility celebrations. In this context "green" was symbolic of youthful ardour, spring, and the re-growth of nature. Sometimes the surname can be of Irish origins, and a translation of the ancient Gaelic given name "Uaithne". As this also means "green," it probably has the same basic meaning and origin as the English form. Examples of the early recordings taken from authentic rolls, registers and charters of the Middle Ages, include Richard de la Grene of the county of Norfolk in the year 1200; William Grene in the Hundred Rolls of Yorkshire in 1230; Robert Othegreen, and Henry on the Green, both of Worcestershire, in 1274. Among the many distinguished namebearers listed in the "Dictionary of National Biography" are Charles Green (1785 - 1870), an early aeronaut, who made the first ascent with a hydrogen gas balloon in 1821. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey de Grene. This was dated 1188, in the "Pipe Rolls" of the county of Kent", during the reign of King Henry 11 of England. He was known as "The Builder of Churches". 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Doug
My mother's maiden name is Green. Her father was named Israel Green, his father Soloman Green and his father Uriah Green. Prior records have not yet been located. The classic Jewish appearance is undeniable. Although the family has not been traced beyond their generations in southern Louisiana, there was found to be a large migration and settlement of Jewish people in that area of Louisiana. They are French speaking and loyally catholic. Wish I knew more about the mane and the origin of that branch of Greens.

nikki greene
my great grandmother was a caucasian woman, and my great grandfather was a dark skinned Indian. It's been said that she was kicked off the plantation when she got pregnant. I am considerd african american. But my roots run deep, and i would love to know more about where i come from. My last name is my fathers side of the family.

Caelum Green
Hello my fellow Greens!

Jo Green
Obviously the best last name ever =)

Jessica Green
My dad is 100% Irish, Donegal born and raised! My Mum was born in England to my Northern Irish grandmother. I was born in Northern Ireland and moved to the South when I was 4, I live in Northern Ireland now, I guess that makes me 3/4 irish? Anyway, greens from across the globe, you rock! :D

Grace Greene
I'm black and is trying to find the origin of the "Green" and "Greene" family. My dad side of the family is black and my mom side is Puerto Rican. My dad side of the family is awfully weird because my fathers uncle had bright blue eyes and my fathers sister has hazily eyes

Jason Robert Roscoe (Green)

My father possibly (John Green) was in the Army as an Air Traffic controller in Fort Campbell KY met my mother Andrea G. Riley (1979-1980). I have been searching for years since my mother told me as a teen.

Jan Anderson

My maiden name is Green and don't know much about my dad's side of the family and where my ancestor's came from. His name was Norman Spencer Green. And his dad's name was Louis. My dad was born is Lansing and that is all I know. My mother's side came from England and France, but would like to learn more about my dad's family.

Dalton Boyer

ok so not only are there what they call green man faces on church walls but it all adds up from what the name also means or what lil is said about the name green so if your a green be shore to look up green man faces an see what pics you can find an who knows you just might find your self on a church wall bc i know i found my face 4 100 an the faces are or can mean alot of things an whos to say its not true so take what you want from it but i found my brothers face as well as my uncal john an many others from my famley but anys all it means is where all here an the time is now win you all need to up hold Gods name an any time is the right time to up hold your Gods name!!!!!!!!!!

Alfred Green
I am Green - YOU are Sparticus! Irish roots, later England, we decided to hang around California for 5 generations, but we'll go back someday.

Kasha Green
so green just means green- kinda disappointed

Monica Marcum
I like a guy who's last name is Green. I have no idea what his ancestry is other than he's just a white guy who has a grandfather who is fully Native-American. He also has green eyes and had natural blonde hair, a common trait of the Irish and I know this because my mom is Irish who has ancestry traced back to Irish immigrants, and she was a natural blonde and also has green eyes plus her surname is Kelley which is VERY Irish. My father's last name is Marcum and that has German origin, as well as English but my dad does not know much about his origins since my father's father had left when he was born and never came back and his mother abandoned him at the age of 12. There has been people who knew my grandfather that said he was Romanian Gypsy as for my paternal grandmother (who had left my dad) was half Cherokee-Indian and so was my mother's mother. My mother's FATHER was the Irishman who's surname was Kelley. I'm from Kentucky, there are many Marcums, and also Irish/Cherokee mixed Kentucky Natives. I've met one besides my mom, she was the typical blonde woman just like my mother. Anyway, I just looked up Green because the man I'm interested in has this surname and I was wondering what his possible roots are. Anyways, it doesn't matter. He's still a gorgeous man! <3

Gary Greene
My grandfather from 10 generations back was William Green (died 1722) and is buried in present day Ewing, N.J. The house he built is also, still standing. He was born in England, but I have no information as to his arrival in America or any information as to his father or mother. The third generation after William began to move to the south and settled in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Hundreds and perhaps thousands of the Greene's is these areas can trace heritage to Judge William Green of New Jersey.

Leslie Green
Well it sounds like we are Irish and English..go figure

Kay Green Napier
My grandfather lived in Tennessee and died in 1945 but was from one of the Carolina's earlier on, but I am not sure which one. His name was William Francis Green. He was born in 1888.

Mark Greene
I am a black male with the last name Greene. I am born and raised in the south but I was doing a little research on my last name and I noticed that a lot of sites were saying this is an Irish last name. What is odd about it is I recall at family reunions, we have different shades of people and even white people that were not married into the Green last name but they were there and have the same last name.