The ancient roots of the Gorraway family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Gorraway comes from when the family lived on a road near a field or piece of land that was triangular in shape. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English words gara
, meaning "triangular piece of land," and weg
, meaning "path" or "road."
Early Origins of the Gorraway family
The surname Gorraway was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gorraway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorraway research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1646 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Gorraway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gorraway Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Gorraway has appeared include Garroway, Garreway, Carroway, Garraway, Carraway and others.
Early Notables of the Gorraway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gorraway family to Ireland
Some of the Gorraway family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 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 Gorraway family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Gorraway arrived in North America very early: Joan Carroway and her husband John, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Roger Carroway settled in Nevis in 1654; along with his brother William; Jeremiah Garroway settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1723.