Is the surname Green Jewish or Irish in origin? Both?
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Is the surname Green Jewish or Irish in origin? Both?

Better ask Giuseppe Verdi.

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada)
Is the surname Green Jewish or Irish in origin? Both?

I'm guessing and it is only a guess that when Green (and often Greene) is a Jewish name, it's the result of an anglicization and contraction of Grun-something, or Greenberg or some such German/Polish/Russian name.
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Is the surname Green Jewish or Irish in origin? Both?

Better ask Giuseppe Verdi.

Wonder if that violinist Midori ever plays his stuff..r
Is the surname Green Jewish or Irish in origin? Both?

I'm guessing and it is only a guess that when Green (and often Greene) is a Jewish name, it's the result of an anglicization and contraction of Grun-something, or Greenberg or some such German/Polish/Russian name.

How 'bout Nathanael Greene? If he's Jewish, then I'm Latvian-Bavarian.
Don Phillipson filted:

Better ask Giuseppe Verdi.

Wonder if that violinist Midori ever plays his stuff..r

She does. On the far side of the hill...
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I'm guessing and it is only a guess ... contraction of Grun-something, or Greenberg or some such German/Polish/Russian name.

How 'bout Nathanael Greene? If he's Jewish, then I'm Latvian-Bavarian.

Key word in my post: when* I certainly didn't say or imply that Greene *is an exclusively Jewish name, but it is a common one.

I'd be surprised if the actor Richard Greene was (is?) Jewish, for instance. But Ellen Greene is, as are (or were):* Lorne Greene - Ben Cartwright on "Bonanza". Also starred in, "Battlestar Galatica". Greene was a top newscaster in his native Canada before becoming an actor. His parents emigrated from Russia to Canada. Greene was reportedly annoyed that very early episodes of "Bonanza" depicted Ben Cartwright as a pretty rough guy. He thought the show would not work well that way. The producers took his suggestion and Ben became the "sweetheart" he remained for the next zillion years the program was on.

Greene said he modeled his depiction of Ben Cartwright after his own father's character. Greene died in 1987, age 72. He is buried in the same cemetery as his "son", Michael Landon. Greene and Landon were the "Jewish part" of the Cartwright family. ("Bonanza" was created, produced, and was often written by David Dortort, who is Jewish. "Bonanza" was by far the biggest hit of his career who needed another? The memorable theme was by the famous Jewish songwriting team of Ray Evans and Jay Livingston.

If your curious about these guys, please put any full names in quotation marks when you enter their names in the search engine. Thank you.) Fun fact: Leslie Nielsen, also a Canadian, studied radio announcing at an announcing school run by Lorne Greene. Like Lorne, he eventually went from radio announcing to acting. Credits Authors
* Bette Greene - Writer of novellas for juveniles. Winner of the NY Times' Outstanding Book award for "Summer of My German Soldier", which was made into a TV movie. Also wrote "Morning is a Long Time" and "Philip Hall Likes Me: I Reckon, Maybe".
* Shecky Greene - Popular comedy headliner in Las Vegas in the '60s and 70s. Born Sheldon Greenfield. His brother gave him the name "Shecky" when he was three years old but he never found out why. Shecky appeared in a number of movies, including History of the World, Part I and was a regular on "Combat" during its first season.
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* Brian Greene - Born, 1962. Brian Greene is a physicist and mathematician at Columbia University. In his famous book, "The Elegant Universe", Greene uses "dancing the hora" as an example in explaining an aspect of modern physics. Short, but interesting interview on link. Brief interview
* Burton Greene - Jazz pianist and composer. Born in Chicago, he has been active recording and playing since the middle 1960s. In the 1980s, Greene became interested in Klezmer music and has done a considerable amount of work in that genre.
(Source: jewhoo.com)
How 'bout Nathanael Greene? If he's Jewish, then I'm Latvian-Bavarian.

Key word in my post: when* I certainly didn't say or imply that Greene *is an exclusively Jewish name, but it is a common one.

Incidentally, I dare say there are plenty of Greens and Greenes living in Ireland, but I'm far from sure that it is a typical Irish surname.
Incidentally, I dare say there are plenty of Greens and Greenes living in Ireland, but I'm far from sure that it is a typical Irish surname.

That's about right. In particular it is not a Gaelic name. It probably came in with the Normans or, more plausibly, their British successors.

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