Redway Surname History
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The Redway surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of various place names, such as Radway in Devon, Radway in Warwickshire, Rodway in Somerset, or Roadway in Devon. These place names are all from the Old English words "re-ad," meaning "red," and "waye," meaning "road."
Early Origins of the Redway family
The surname Redway was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1205 when Henry de Radeweie held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Redway family
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Redway Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Radway, Rodway, Radaway, Rodaway, Reddaway, Roadway and many more.
Early Notables of the Redway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Redway family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jane Radway, who came to Virginia in 1635; Isaac Radway, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; Wm. Radway, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; John Rodway, who came to Maryland in 1670.
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