GREEN - Name Meaning & Origin

GREEN Surname Meaning & Origin:

The Green surname can have one of many possible derivations. It was commonly used to describe someone who dwelled at, or near, the village green, or other grassy ground. Other possible origins include someone who favored the color green (from the Old English grene), or someone who was immature or inexperienced. Green may also have been used as the surname of somone who had played the part of the "Green Man" in May Day celebrations.

Green is the 37th most popular surname in the United States and the 19th most common surname in England.

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Famous People with the Surname GREEN:

  • Pat Green - American country music star
  • Eva Green - French actress
  • Nathanael Green - General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution

Genealogy Resources for the Surname GREEN:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census?

GREEN / GREENE Surname DNA Project
Males Greens from anywhere, including alternate spellings of Greene, MacGreen, MacGreene, McGrane, McGreen, McGreene, can join this Y-DNA project which is attempting to sort out various GREEN families.

GREEN Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Green surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Green query. There is also a separate forum for the GREENE variation of the Green surname.

FamilySearch - GREEN Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Green surname and its variations.

GREEN Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Green surname.

Cousin Connect - GREEN Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Green, and sign up for free notification when new Green queries are added. - GREEN Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Green.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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