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Greenland Surname Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived ‘(by the) green meadow’ Middle English grene grein + land or a habitational name from a minor place so named. Americanized form (translation into English) of Dutch Groenland and possibly also of German Grönland: habitational name from any of several farmsteads or hamlets so named with the same meaning as 1 above from Dutch groen Low German grön ‘green’ + land ‘land’. The surname Grönland is very rare in Germany.

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


Similar surnames: Greenman, Greenwood, Greenway, Freeland, Weinland, Greenslade

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Where is the Greenland family from?

You can see how Greenland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Greenland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Greenland families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 17 Greenland families living in Ontario. This was about 41% of all the recorded Greenland's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Greenland families in 1911.
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What did your Greenland ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Greenland. 32% of Greenland men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
    32%
  • Painter
    19%
  • Engineer
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
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Census Records

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Greenland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greenland census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Greenland. 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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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Greenland. For the veterans among your Greenland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Greenland lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Greenland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Greenland in 1957 was 58, and 77 in 2004.

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