Green Family History

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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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Green Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Green name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Green. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Green Family Origin

Where is the Green family from?

Green Family Occupations

What did your Green ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Green family was Coal Miner. The most common Green occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Green's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Green.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Green ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Green Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Green Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Green ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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