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Surnames in Project: GREEN and GREENE
Updated October 17, 2008


GREENE COAThe Green/Greene DNA project was started in February 2005 at Family TreeDNA. The success of our Project will depend on the number of male participants who join our testing group.  Please, contact and encourage males of the above surnames to participate in our Project to help to ensure its success. 

Project Goals:
1. Determine Y-DNA markers for Green(e) family lines of the British Isles and other ancestry.
2. Identify distinguished groups of Green(e)s.
3. Solve brick walls in your research. See if you are kin to Green(e)s in a particular area in the U.S or British Isles, when Green(e)s descended from Green(e)s of those places get themselves tested.
4. Prove or disprove kinship to famous Green(e)s (i.e. Gen. Nathaniel Greene,etc.) when Green(e)s descended of those Green(e)s get themselves tested.

The testing will be for the male Y-chromosome that is passed, only, from father to son through the generations. Therefore, the testing requires a male with one of the above mentioned surnames or possible other variant.  There are some excepts with adopted males.  if you are a female with one of the surnames (etc.) or a female researcher, you may have a uncle, brother, male cousin, etc. willing to volunteer in your place.

Project History:

Definition of Surname Green(e): "One who dwelled at, or near, the village green, or other grassy ground." Surname Origin is English. According to the U.S. Census bureau, the Green surname is the 35th most-common in the U.S. The surname Greene is an alternate surname spelling of the Green families. The extra vowel letter at the end of the Green surname was often used by Green families (in the early 20th and 19th centuries) to make their name sound classy or eloquent, for example: Brown, Browne or Fry, Frye, and Green, Greene, etc.
Not all Green(e)s are related. Many unrelated men adopted the Green(e) surname in the British Isles during the 13th and 14th Centuries.