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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Typical jobs for Greens
Hard-working people, the Greens. 4840 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Greens lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Green in London.
Greens’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Greens were angels, apparently. We found 6337 in criminal records.
Greens in World War I
According to the World War I records, 7188 Greens served in the First World War.