Greenaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Greenaway come from when the family resided at the green way or road. The surname Greenaway is derived from the Old English words grene, which means green and weg, which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greenaway name lived by the grassy path or road. [1]

Early Origins of the Greenaway family

The surname Greenaway 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. [2]

In Kent, William de Greneweie was found in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1214 and later, John atte Grenewey was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Somerset in 1327. [1]

Again in Somerset, John Grenewey, and John atte Grenewey were both listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [3]

"Several of the old clothiers of Tiverton [Devon] made good use of their wealth. Among earlier benefactors to the town, connected with the same industry, was John Greenwaye, who erected the Greenwaye chapel and a set of almshouses, about the year 1517, the chapel being the most elaborate and notable portion of the Church of St. Peter. With John Greenwaye was associated his wife Joan. And so another set of almshouses were built by ' John Waldron and Richoard his wyfe,' in 1579. " [4]

Early History of the Greenaway family

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Greenaway Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Greenaway has been recorded under many different variations, including Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay, Greenwaye and others.

Early Notables of the Greenaway family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Greenway, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1491. Oswald Tesimond, alias Greenway, (1563-1635), "the English Jesuit, also known as Philip Beaumont, born in Northumberland in 1563, entered the English College at Rome for his higher studies on 9 Sept. 1580, and joined the Society of Jesus on 13 April 1584 by leave of the cardinal protector...
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Ireland Migration of the Greenaway family to Ireland

Some of the Greenaway 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.


United States Greenaway migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Greenaway or a variant listed above:

Greenaway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Greenaway, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [5]
  • James Greenaway, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [5]
  • Allen Greenaway, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [5]
  • Richard Greenaway, who landed in Maryland in 1675-1677 [5]
  • Robert Greenaway, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Greenaway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Esther Greenaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [5]
  • William Greenaway, who settled in Maryland in 1739
  • Hannah Greenaway, who settled in Rappahannock, Virginia in 1741

Canada Greenaway migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenaway Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Greenaway, aged 11 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Constitution" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on June 1st, 1847 [6]
  • Miss. Mary Greenaway, aged 17 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Constitution" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [6]
  • Miss. Mary Greenaway, aged 7 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Constitution" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 29th June 1847 [6]

Australia Greenaway migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Greenaway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Christopher Greenaway , (b. 1808), aged 29, Cornish blacksmith, from St. Breward, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st December 1837 [7]
  • Mr. William Greenaway, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Mr. William Greenaway, (b. 1833), aged 18, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 24th March 1851 aboard the ship "John Knox" arriving in Point Henry, Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 15th July 1851 [9]
  • Aaron Greenaway, aged 24, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune" [10]
  • Margaret Greenaway, aged 26, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Greenaway migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Greenaway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Greenaway, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Greenaway, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840

West Indies Greenaway migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Greenaway Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mary Greenaway, who settled in Barbados in 1686

Contemporary Notables of the name Greenaway (post 1700) +

  • Roy F. Greenaway, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960 [13]
  • Robert Wilson Greenaway, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1932 [13]
  • Robert F. Greenaway, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956, 1964 [13]
  • Frank W. Greenaway, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944 [13]
  • Roger Greenaway (b. 1938), popular English songwriter
  • Gavin Greenaway (b. 1964), English music composer and conductor. He is the son of Roger Greenaway
  • Peter Greenaway (b. 1942), Welsh-born English film director
  • Mr. A. E. Greenaway, British alderman, held the position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1961 to 1962
  • Sir Thomas Moore Greenaway, Hon. Consulting Physician
  • Alan Pearce Greenaway, Joint Managing Director, Daniel Greenaway & Sons Ltd
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Thomas Greenaway (1889-1914), English Second Class Passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [14]
  • Mrs. Margaret Greenaway (1885-1914), née Dalzell Canadian Second Class Passenger from Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [14]
  • Mr. Herbert Greenaway (1891-1914), English Second Class Passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [14]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 31)
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  10. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 8th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Fortune 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/fortune1854.shtml.
  11. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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