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Green Name Meaning

English: one of the most common and widespread of English surnames, either a nickname for someone who was fond of dressing in this color (Old English grene) 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). In North America this name has no doubt assimilated cognates from other European languages, notably German Grün (see Gruen). Jewish (American): Americanized form of German Grün or Yiddish Grin, Ashkenazic ornamental names meaning ‘green’ or a short form of any of the numerous compounds with this element. Irish: translation of various Gaelic surnames derived from glas ‘gray’, ‘green’, ‘blue’. See also Fahey. North German: short form of a habitational name from a place name with Gren- as the first element (for example Greune, Greubole).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 1,332 Green families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Green's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Green families in 1840.
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What did your Green ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Green. 19% of Green men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Green women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Green were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    5%
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Census Records

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Green. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Green 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 297,000 immigration records available for the last name Green. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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