Greenwood (surname)

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Greenwood is a British surname, believed to be derived from the Greenwood or Greenwode settlement near Heptonstall in the metropolitan district of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. It was the homestead of Wyomarus de Greenwode, believed to be the principal ancestor of British Greenwoods.[1]

People with the surname Greenwood[edit]


  • David Greenwood, a character from J. G. Ballard's Super-Cannes
  • Deputy Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood, a regular cast character from the television show Gunsmoke
  • Esther Greenwood, main character from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar


  1. ^ Some modern Greenwoods can trace their name back to the French Boisvert, which is a literal translation of green and wood. Greenwood, Frederick. "Chapter 3: English History of the Family and Origin of the Name". Greenwood genealogies, 1154-1914 : the ancestry and descendants of Thomas Greenwood of Newton Massachusetts, Nathaniel and Samuel Greenwood of Boston, Massachusetts, John Greenwood of Virginia, and many later arrivals in America, also the early history of the Greenwoods in England, and the arms they used. New York: The Lyons Genealogical Company. pp. 15–23.