Greenhay is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Greenhay family once lived at the green way or road. The surname Greenhay is derived from the Old English words grene,
which means green and weg,
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greenhay name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Greenhay family
The surname Greenhay 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 Greenhay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenhay research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1491 and are included under the topic Early Greenhay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greenhay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Greenhay family name include Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Greenhay family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Greenhay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greenhay family to Ireland
Some of the Greenhay 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 Greenhay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Greenhay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.