The name Greeneway is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived at the green way or road. The surname Greeneway is derived from the Old English words grene,
which means green and weg,
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greeneway name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Greeneway family
The surname Greeneway was first found in Devon
but we must look to Oxfordshire
where to find the first recorded reference of the name as Robert Greneway who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
Early History of the Greeneway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greeneway research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1491 and are included under the topic Early Greeneway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greeneway Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Greeneway are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Greeneway include: Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Greeneway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greeneway family to Ireland
Some of the Greeneway family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greeneway family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Greeneway or a variant listed above: John, Mary, Catherine, Susannah Greenway, all settled at Nantasket in 1630; Ursula Greenway settled in Boston in 1635; William Greenway settled in Barbados in 1685.