The present generation of the Greanaway family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived at the green way or road. The surname Greanaway is derived from the Old English words grene,
which means green and weg,
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greanaway name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Greanaway family
The surname Greanaway 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 Greanaway family
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Greanaway Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Greanaway include Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Greanaway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greanaway family to Ireland
Some of the Greanaway 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 Greanaway family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Greanaway were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.