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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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!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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

Jo Green
Obviously the best last name ever =)

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.

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.

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.

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

Caelum Green
Hello my fellow Greens!