Greenslade

Origin and Meaning of Greenslade

Background

Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. They were not used in England or in Scotland before the Norman Conquest, and were first found in the Domesday Book. The employment in the use of the second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time - a mark gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen having but one single name, as the meaner sort had. It was not until the reign of Edward 11 (1307 - 1327) that it became general practice amongst all people.


Greenslade

Greenslade was a lolcational name " the dweller at the wooded forest".

Early records of the name mention William de Greneslede. 1230 Sussex.
Bartholomew de Greneslade. 1257 Sussex



Coat of Arms

At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield, and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing from head to foot, the only means of identification for the Knight's followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his suncoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour.

Arms - Argent three griffins heads erased sable.

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