The Greanway name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived at the green way or road. The surname Greanway is derived from the Old English words grene,
which means green and weg,
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greanway name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Greanway family
The surname Greanway 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 Greanway family
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Greanway 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 Greanway has undergone many spelling variations
, including Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Greanway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greanway family to Ireland
Some of the Greanway 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 Greanway 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 Greanway were among those contributors: 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.