Green Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Variations of this name: Greene.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Green Name

This is a local surname that means “at the green” from a person who lived nearby. A green is a grassy field used by the town as the village common. As many villages had greens historically, the surname became very popular: it ranked 37th in the 2000 U.S. Census and 21st in the United Kingdom.

Green in other languages: German grún and Dutch groen. In Scandinavia, the word for tree branch is gren. Some sources claim it derives from the Old English word grēne and refers to someone who was had affinity for dressing in this color, or someone who played the roll of the “Green Man”  or “Jack in the Green” in the May Day celebration, which was an ancient spring festival held in Europe in pre-Christian times. Grene was recorded as a personal name in the Domesday Book.

One author claims the name is more numerous in the east of England in Cambrige, Lincoln, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex counties, as well as Worcestershire, Somerset, Wilts, and the West Riding.

Early notables include Deonisia ate Grene and Warin de la Grene recorded in 1273 AD in the Hundred Rolls, as well Robert de la Grene recording during the reign of Edward I. Petrus del Grene, Adam del Grene, Willelmus del Grene in 1379 AD, Geoffrey Greene documented in the Poll Tax of 1188 AD, and Geoffrey Attegrene recorded in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire of 1206 AD.

Early notables in the United States include Bartholomew  Green, who came to America in 1634 as a freeman from Cambridge, along with his wife Elizabeth and childen Samuel, Nathaniel, Sarah, and Phoebe, Charles Green on Marblehead in 1668, Daniel Green of Wickford who came to Rhode Island in 1671, James Green of Charlestown in 1646 who married Elizabeth and had sons John and James, James Green of Boston who married Rebecca Jones in 1661, and Percival Green of Cambridge who came to American in the ship the “Susan and Ellen” in 1635, along with numerous other bearers of this popular surname, many of which are listed in the Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America.

Bernard Burke’s “The Landed Gentry”, mentions the following branches: Green of Dunsbye (settled in county Lincoln by the reign of Henry III), Green of Slyne and Whittington (acquired property during the reign of James I), and Greene of Greeneville (obtained a grant under the Act of Settlement in 1678). Specific persons mentioned in this book are John Greene (1650-1693) who married Mary Toller, Thomas Green (1681-1762) who married Elizabeth Barker, and John Greene of Abbey, Limerick who married Catherine Horsey.

The following family mottos have been associated with Green: Nec timeo, nec sperno, for Green of Lichfield, meaning “I neither fear not despise” and Sempter virigis, meaning “Always flourishing”.

For furthering reading, a book titled “Green genealogy and general family history” was published in 1893 by Charles Green.

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1) (Marass, co. Kent, bart., extinct 1825). Per chev. vert and ar. in chief two castles of the second, in base another, surrounded by a fortification ppr. over all a chev. or, charged with three torteaux. Crest—Out of a mural crown gu. a horse’s head ar. maned or.
2) (Milnrow, co. York, bart., extinct 1831). Or, three leopards pass. ppr. on a chief sa. a demi griffin segreant betw. two cinquefoils erm. holding a key also ppr. Crest—A griffin’s head erased sa. langued gu. doubly collared or, betw. the collars a cinquefoil, as in the arms, holding in the beak a key or. Motto—Aequam servare mentem.
3) (Sampford, co. Essex, bart., extinct 1676). Per fess sa. and ar. a lion ramp. counterchanged.
4) (Leventhorp, co. York; granted as a quartering to Charles Chadwick, of Healey Hall). Ar. on a bend vert three fleurs-de-lis or.
5) (Araunah Green, Esq., of Chiddingly, co. Sussex, who, upon his marriage, changed his patronymic, Verral, for the name of Green). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, vert three stags trippant, two and one, betw. two crosses crosslet in chief and one in base or, for Green; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a fesse compony or and az. betw. three mullets, two in chief and one in base ar., for Verral. Crests—1st, Green: In front of a spear erect ppr. therefrom pendent a buglehorn sa. stringed gu. a stag statant or; 2nd, Verral: A mount vert, thereon an antelope erm. horned or, the dexter forefoot resting on a hurt charged with a cross crosslet gu.
6) (Poulton Hall, co. Chester). Az. three bucks trippant erminois, on a chief or, three crescents sa. Crest—A demi buck springing per fesse or and az. charged with two crescents counterchanged.
7) (John George Green, Esq., of Buckden, grandnephew of the late Dr. John Green, Bishop of Lincoln, descended from an old and respectable Yorkshire family). Az. three stags trippant or.
8) Ar. on a fesse wavy gu. betw. two torteaux in chief, each charged with a bull’s head couped of the field, and in base a ship in full sail ppr. a griffin pass. betw. two escallops or. Crest—On a mount vert a squirrel sejant ppr. holding an escallop az.
9) (Abingdon, co. Berks, and London). Az. a pheon betw. three bucks trippant or. Crest—A stag's head erased and attired or, charged on the neck with a pheon sa. underneath which are three guttees de sang.
10) (Great Kingshill, co. Buckingham; granted 13 Dec. 1768). Az.a chev. engr. ar. guttee de sang fimbriated or, in base an estoile of the second, on a chief embattled gold, two leopards’ heads vert. Crest—Out of a mural crown ar. a demi lion ramp. purp. in the dexter paw a slip of laurel vert.
11) (Boys’ Hall, co. Essex, and co. Oxford; confirmed by Camden). Az. three bucks trippant (another, courant) or.
12) (Bristol, and Barnet, co. Herts). Az. three bucks trippant or, a crescent for diff. Crest—A buck's head erased erm. attired or.
13) (Samford, co. Essex). Gu. a lion ramp. ar. crowned or, a bordure engr. of the third.
14) (co. Essex). Per fesse sa. and ar. a lion ramp. counterchanged, a bordure engr. gu.
15) (co. Essex). Ar. on a cross engr. gu. an annulet or. Crest—A lion sejant per pale or and sa.
16) (Gurlingham). Ar. a buglehorn betw. three griffins’ heads erased sa.
17) (Dunsby, Spelding, co. Lincoln, and Great Caddesden, co. Herts). Az. three bucks trippant or. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet a buck’s head all ppr.
18) (cos. Hertford and Nottingham, and Awkeley Hall, co. York). Ar. on a fesse az. betw. three pellets, each charged with a lion’s head erased of the first, a griffin pass. betw. two escallops or. Crest—A woodpecker picking a staff couped, raguled, and erect, all ppr.
19) (co. Kent). Gu. a cross crosslet erm. a bordure gobonated ar. and sa.
20) (co. Leicester, and Drayton, co. Northampton). Ar. a cross engr. gu.
21) (London and Norwich). Az. a chev. embattled betw. three bucks or. Crest—A buck's head erased or, attired ar. murally gorged and chained of the last.
22) (Milton-Chevsdon, co. Somerset; granted 1529). Ar. a fret az. charged with nine bezants, on a chief sa. a stag trippant or, betw. two mullets of the last pierced gu. Crest—A cubit arm erect, vested vert, cuffed or, holding in the hand a bunch of holly ppr. fructed gu.
23) (co. Norfolk). Az. a chev. betw. three bucks trippant or.
24) (co. Norfolk, and Wilby). Per pale az. and gu. a chev. betw. three bucks trippant or. Crest—A stag’s head erased az. attired or.
25) (Knapton, co. Norfolk). Az. a fret engr. ar. betw. three bucks pass. or. Crest—A dragon without wings pass. per fesse or and vert.
26) (co. Norfolk). Ar. on a cross engr. gu. five crescents of the field.
27) (co. Northampton). Az. three bucks pass, or (another, ppr.).
28) (co. Northumberland). Az. three bucks pass. ar.
29) (co. Oxford, 1605). Az. three bucks or, a mullet for diff. Crest—A buck’s head or, charged on the neck with a mullet sa.
30) (Newby, co. York). Ar. a chev. betw. three fleurs-de-lis sa.
31) (Stock Newton). Same Arms. Crest—A demi greyhound.
32) (co. Suffolk). Vert a chev. or, betw. three bezants.
33) (co. Suffolk). Or, a cross engr. gu.
34) (Wykin, co. Warwick, and Rolleston, co. Leicester). Az. three bucks trippant, within a bordure or, quartering Pell, Fortrey, Jocelyn, Bardolf, &c. Crest—Out of park pales, in a circular form, a stag’s head ppr. attired or.
35) (Stanleche, co. Wilts, and co. York). Ar. on a cross engr. gu. five crescents or, a chief az. charged with three bezants. Crest—A griffin's head erased, quarterly, or and sa. in the beak a trefoil slipped of the last.
36) (Horsforth Green, co. York). Ar. on a chev. bettv. three fleurs-de-lis sa. as many escallops of the field.
37) (granted by Le Neve, 1725). Gu. on a lion ramp, within a bordure engr. ar. a boar’s head couped sa. Crest—A rose gu. barbed vert, seeded or, environed by two laurel branches of the second.
38) Ar. three griffins’ heads erased sa.
39) Gu. a demi lion ramp. ar. crowned or.
40) Ar. fretty sa. on a canton of the second a buck pass. or.
41) Az. a fesse betw. three catharine wheels ar.
42) Chequy or and ar. (another, or and az.) within a bordure gu.
43) Ar. a fesse dancettee betw. three leopards’ faces sa.
44) (Thundercliffe Grange, Sheffield; granted by Richard St. George, 6 Oct. 1612, to Thos. Green, of Cawthorn, co. York, father of James Green, of Thundercliffe). (Bancke, co. York, 1666). Az. three demi lions ramp. erased erminois. Crest—Out of a mural crown gu. a demi lion ramp. erminois.
45) (Little Sandford, co. Essex). Gu. a lion ramp. per fesse ar. and erm. crowned or.
46) Ar. three bars az. on a bend gu. as many bezants.
47) Per chev. az. and gu. three bucks in full course or.
48) (Poulton Hall, co. Chester). Az. three stags trippant or, on a chief of the last three crescents sa. Crest—A demi stag per fesse or and az. charged with two crescents counterchanged. Motto—Virtus semper viridis.
49) (Alkley, co. Nottingham). Ar. on a fesse az. betw. three pellets, each charged with a lion's head erased of the field, a griffin pass. betw. two escallops or. Crest—A woodpecker, with his beak against the trunk of a tree ppr.
50) (Lichfield). Az. three stags trippant or, quartering, ar. a cross wavy sa. in the dexter chief quarter an eagle displ. of the last, for Webb, and, or, a torteau betw. four saltires hummetee gu., for Jevon. Crest—A stag's head erased or.
51) (confirmed by Camden, Clarenceux, to Sir William Greene, co. Oxford, 1603;. Az. three stags trippant or, a mallet for diff. Crest—A buck's head couped or, charged with a mullet for diff.
52) (quartered by Verney, of Compton, co. Warwick. Har. MS. 1167). Az. three stags trippant within a border or.
53) Chequy or and az. a bordure gu.
54) (Navestock, co. Essex). Az. a stag trippant or. Crest—A stag's head or.
55) (Mitcham, co. Surrey; granted Jan. 1663). Per pale az. and sa. three bucks trippant or.
56) (Slyne, co. Lancaster, temp. James I., an ancient family now represented by Thomas Greene, of Slyne, near Lancaster, and of Whittington Hall, Burton, co. Westmoreland, Esq., M.P.). Vert on a fesse invecked or, betw. in chief two pheons ar. and in base a buglehorn ar. stringed gu. three fleurs-de-lis of the last. Crest—A atag ppr. gorged with a collar invecked vert, a shield suspended therefrom or, charged with a rose gu.
57) (Alderman of Chester, 1602). Gu. a lion ramp. per fesse ar. and sa. crowned or, langued az. charged on the shoulder with a trefoil vert.
58) (Greene’s Norton, co. Northampton). Az. three bucks trippant or.
59) (New England; descended from John Greene, a descendant of the Greenes, of co. Northampton, who emigrated to New England in 1635; was a companion of Roger Williams, and a party to the Providence Purchase from the Indians; his descendant, Gabdiner Greene, Esq., of Boston, m. Elizabeth Clarke Copley, sister of Lord Lyndhurst). Same Arms Crest—A buck’s head or.
60) (Kilmanahan Castle, near Clonmel, Ireland). Az. three bucks trippant or. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet a buck's head or. Motto—Nec timeo nec sperno.
61) (Kilranalagh, co. Wicklow). Az. three bucks trippant or. Crest—A buck’s head or. Motto—Nec timeo nec spemo.
62) (Wexford; Reg. Ulster’s Office). Vert three stags trippant or.
63) (Kilmainham; Reg. Ulster’s Office). Ar. on a chev. az. betw. three pomeis, each charged with a stag trippant or, a horse’s bit betw. two stirrups of the last.
64) (Greeneville, co. Kilkenny). Az. three stags trippant or. Crest: Out of a ducal coronet a stag’s head or. Motto—Nec timeo nec sperno.
65) (Milton Clifton, co. Somerset; John Greene, temp. James I., son of Bartholomew Greene, grandson of Mathew Greene, and great-grandson of William Greene, all of same place. Visit. Somerset, 1623). Ar. on a fret az. five bezants a chief sa. charged with a buck statant betw. two mullets or, pierced gu. Crest—An arm erect habited vert, holding in the hand a branch of holly ppr. fructed gu.

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