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Green Surname Meaning

English: either a nickname for someone who was fond of dressing in this color (Old English grēne) or was young or immature or who had played the part of the ‘Green Man’ in the May Day celebrations or a topographic name for someone who lived near a village green (Middle English grene a transferred use of the color term). This is one of the most common and widespread of English surnames. In North America it has assimilated cognates from other languages notably German Grün (see Gruen ) and Dutch Groen ; compare 7 below. This surname is also very common among African Americans. English: alternatively from a Middle English personal name Grene. Irish: adopted for Ó hUainín ‘descendant of Uainín’ a personal name from a pet form of uaine ‘green’ see Honan . Irish: adopted for Ó Fathaidh or Ó Fathaigh through erroneous association with faithche ‘lawn’ see Fahey . German: habitational name from Green (Rhineland-Palatinate) or Greene (Lower Saxony) or a topographic name from Middle Low Saxon grēn ‘grain sand’ for someone living in a sandy place. Danish: habitational name from placenames beginning with Gre(e)n- like Greene Grenbole (compare 5 above).7: Americanized form of Jewish (Ashkenazic) Grün (see Gruen ) or Grin artificial names meaning ‘green’ in German and Yiddish respectively or a short form of any of numerous compound names with this element.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gruen, Greene, Groen, Grahn, Greven, Greek, Grein, Graven, Breen

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Where is the Green family from?

You can see how Green families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Green family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Green families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 3,675 Green families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Green's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Green families in 1911.
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What did your Green ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Green. 28% of Green men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Green women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Green were Carpenter and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Student
  • Income
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Passenger Lists

There are 297,000 immigration records available for the last name Green. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 494,000 military records available for the last name Green. For the veterans among your Green ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Green lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Green life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Green in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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