Greanhay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Greanhay family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Greanhay comes from when the family lived at the green way or road. The surname Greanhay is derived from the Old English words grene, which means green and weg, which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greanhay name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Greanhay family
The surname Greanhay 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 of 1273.
Early History of the Greanhay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greanhay research. Another 52 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1491 and are included under the topic Early Greanhay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greanhay 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 Greanhay has appeared include Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Greanhay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greanhay family to Ireland
Some of the Greanhay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 81 words (6 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 Greanhay family
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 Greanhay arrived in North America very early: 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.
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