Location: Leicestershire, England
Return to Greet Name Study
Unlike the Greet name in Cornwall which is thought to have been derived from the Cornish language; the family name Greet in the north of England is thought to derive from the Old English word "greote", meaning gravel river. A second possibility is that it was an occupational name for a supplier of gravel or someone who worked in a gravel pit.
A third possible origin is that it started as a nickname for a large person, from the 7th century Old English word "great". The word appeared in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - every lith [limb] Fattyssh, flesshy, not greet therwith.—Chaucer, Blaunche the Duchesse, 952-3.
Profiles of Greet folk from Leicestershire can be found here. Category:Leicestershire,_Greet_Name_Study