|Origin of the surname Greenberg|
|Source: Greenberg Mailing List - by poster Terry Greene|
The family name GREENBERG is a partly translation of the original German form GRUNBERG, meaning 'green mountain'. This means that the first bearer of the surname GRUNBERG must have come from the locality called also GRUNBERG. When the bearer of the surname GRUNBERG moved to the Polish territory his surname could have changed a little, namely to that of GRUNBERG, as in Polish there is no such a phone and letter as German u. There is a town of Greenberg in Hesse, Germany, and a Greenberg in Silesia. This latter town was formerly an important center of wool weaving. Polish and Russian wool would be imported and material known as "grunberg" cloth would be exported. Many Jews were in this business and were known as " grunberg merchants", When they had to take permanent family names, many of these businessmen called themselves GREENBERG. An anglicized form of GRUENBERG ( also spelled GRU'NBERG with the u-umlant), literally "green mountain". The fact that it's German doesn't contradict Polish origin, however, much of what is now western Poland was ruled by Germans for many years, and a great many ethnic Germans lived there. Also interesting is that GRUENBERG was the German for the city of ZIELONA GORA ( which means "green mountain" in Polish) a provincial capital in western Poland.
|My Greenberg ancestors|
Jacob Grunberg was born in Austria in
March, 1850 according to the 1900 census. He married Rosa Wadler around 1864. She was born in March, 1847. They immigrated to
America in 1892. The
image below from Manhattan, NY shows their household. Jacob's grandson
Herbert Greenberg confirmed that Philip, Max and Harry were brothers.
In this census son Harry would have moved out of the household by that time.
Son Max (abt. 1887-) later married Gussie Schnall, sister of Dora Schnall.
It is unknown when Jacob or Rosa died.
Jacob and Rosa had the following children :
Louis Greenberg - born abt. 1874 in Austria.
Harry Greenberg, son of Jacob and Rosa was born in Austria or Hungary in abt. 1877. He married Dora Schnall around 1899/1900 - there are conflicting sources of their exact marriage date. Harry would have come to America with his parents in 1892. He was a saloon keeper and spoke 5 languages fluently according to family tradition.
In 1920, the census image below shows the following in his household:
The 1930 census in Brooklyn found by Rebecca Gorlin provides some additional interesting information on his family. In that year it shows both Harry and Dora as being 50 years old and age 20 when they were married. Harry was listed as being a proprietor of a restaurant; Max was 20 and a helper in the restaurant; Beatrice was 18 and worked in a millinery, ladies' hats; and Herbert was 13 and in school. Harry and Dora could read and write, and speak English, and were listed as naturalized. It also shows Dora's immigration year as 1892. Both came from Austria and Yiddish was their mother tongue. Harry died on November 11, 1939 in Brooklyn . Dora died on April 30, 1950 in Brooklyn. Both are buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery along with daughters Henrietta and Mildred.
Harry and Dora had the following children :
Abrahm Lewis (Al) Greenberg - born on February 16, 1901.
|Henrietta Greenberg, daughter of Harry and Dora was born in 1910. She married Bertram Fishman around 1928. Henrietta died in 1939 in Miami, Florida.|
This page was last updated on 12/21/2017
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