Green: Earliest records of surname

The first Green was found in the Poll Tax (taxation register) of 1188 in the county of Kent in England. He was Geoffrey Greene. The surname Green emerged independently in many different places in England during the Middle Ages, thus creating several Green branches unrelated to one another. Richard de la Grene was listed in 1200 in the Pipe Rolls (records of crown revenue and expenditure per annum) of Norfolk and Geoffrey Attegrene (“at the green”) was listed in the Assize Rolls (court of law rolls) of Lancashire in 1206.1,2


  1. Green surname, family crest and coats of arms.
  2. Lancashire Assize Rolls: 4 John – 13 Edward I. British History Online.