The English surname Greene, also found in Ireland, is generally of locative origin, referring to somebody who lived by the village green, or other grassy ground. Greene may also have been used as the surname of somebody who had played the part of the "Green Man" in May Day celebrations in the Middle Ages. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey de Grene. This was dated 1188, in the "Pipe Rolls of the county of Kent."
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