The Gorroway name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having 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 Gorroway family
The surname Gorroway 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 Gorroway family
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Gorroway Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gorroway has undergone many spelling variations
, including Garroway, Garreway, Carroway, Garraway, Carraway and others.
Early Notables of the Gorroway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gorroway family to Ireland
Some of the Gorroway family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gorroway family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gorroway were among those contributors: 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.