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Origins of the Green surname

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What does the name Green mean?

The Green surname has old Saxon (from the Old English 'grene') and Norse roots, common throughout England and Ireland. Green is mostly thought to have geographical origins, referring to someone who lives near or at a village green, or some kind of grassy area. Sometimes the surname is believed to come from someone given a descriptive name of being young or inexperienced, and can also relate to the person who played the part of the 'Green Man' in May Day celebrations.

Alternative variations of the name Green

Green, Greene, Grean, Grene, Greane

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Where do most Greens live?

In 1921, most Greens lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Greens

How common is your surname?

20th most common surname in the UK

We have 881,000 records for the Green surname. The oldest one dates back to 1086.

Who were Greens most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Green first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Green family members

Common jobs for Greens

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Greens in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Cotton Weaver


Common Male occupations for Greens in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner


Farm Labourer




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