Last name origins & meanings:
- 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 grēne) 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).
(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,
Famous people with this last name:
Brian Austin Green
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