Experts believe the name Greenshields dates back to around the eighth century. Greenshields is a Anglo-Saxon occupational name of old Dutch origins. The earliest documentation of the surname was found in 1169 from the county of Suffolk in the UK. The surname went global in the fifteenth and sixteenth century with the expansion of the British empire and the establishment of independant colonies.
Greenshields is the 1528th most common surname in the UK. There are approximately 102681 with the surname Greenshields living in the UK. The county of Devon in the UK holds the highest density of people with the surname Greenshields. If a certain legal document is to be believed the late 19th century Greenshields's liked a drink or eight. In 1872 a person named Morgan Greenshields was jailed for reasons unknown. 111
Some of the more famous Greenshields's include: