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.

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.

Early History of the Greenaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenaway research. Another 52 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1491 and are included under the topic Early Greenaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 and others.

Early Notables of the Greenaway family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Greenaway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 [1]
  • James Greenaway, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [1]
  • Allen Greenaway, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [1]
  • Richard Greenaway, who landed in Maryland in 1675-1677 [1]
  • Robert Greenaway, who settled in Delaware Bay in 1682
  • ... (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 [1]
  • 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 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • 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 [2]

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 [3]
  • 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 [4]
  • Aaron Greenaway, aged 24, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune" [5]
  • Margaret Greenaway, aged 26, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [6]
  • Mr. William Greenaway, (b. 1832), aged 25, Cornish farm labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Fitzjames" arriving in Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia on 1st April 1857 [7]

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Greenaway (post 1700) +

  • Roy F. Greenaway, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960 [8]
  • Robert Wilson Greenaway, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1932 [8]
  • Robert F. Greenaway, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956, 1964 [8]
  • Frank W. Greenaway, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944 [8]
  • 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
  • Sir Thomas Moore Greenaway, Hon. Consulting Physician
  • Alan Pearce Greenaway, Joint Managing Director, Daniel Greenaway & Sons Ltd
  • Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. (b. 1957), United States judge
  • ... (Another 4 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 [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • Mr. Herbert Greenaway (1891-1914), English Second Class Passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [9]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  5. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 8th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Fortune 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/fortune1854.shtml.
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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