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What does the name Green mean?

Green was a surname originally given to those who dressed in green clothes, played the role of the Green Man in May Day festivities, or who lived by a village green. A hugely popular name throughout England, it also occurs in Ireland. The surname first appeared in a historic document dated 1188 in Kent. Celebrities called Green include Brighton Rock author Graham Greene and Opportunity Knocks host Hughie Green.

The earliest occurrence of the Green surname in our family history documents is from 1420, and we currently have 4,795,973 records where Green appears.

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