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The ancestors of the name Greenway date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Greenway family lived at the green way or road. The surname Greenway is derived from the Old English words grene, which means green and weg, which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greenway name lived by the grassy path or road.

Greenway Early Origins



The surname Greenway 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.

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Greenway Spelling Variations


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Greenway Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Greenway are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Greenway include: Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.

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Greenway Early History


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Greenway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenway research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1491 and are included under the topic Early Greenway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greenway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greenway Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Greenway In Ireland


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Greenway In Ireland



Some of the Greenway 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Greenway or a variant listed above:

Greenway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ursula Greenway settled in Boston in 1635
  • Ursula Greenway, aged 32, arrived in New England in 1635
  • John Greenway, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Edward Greenway, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • Robert Greenway, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greenway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles E Greenway, who landed in Iowa in 1887

Greenway Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Greenway (1838-1908), premier of Manitoba was born in England and originally settled in Ontario

Greenway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Greenway, aged 50, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"
  • Joseph Greenway, aged 50, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • Betsy Greenway, aged 54, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • Frederick Greenway, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • Eleanor Greenway, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greenway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Greenway, aged 15, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • George Greenway, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Emma Greenway, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Ada M. Greenway, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greenway (post 1700)



  • John Campbell Greenway (1872-1926), American mining, steel and railroad executive
  • James Cowan Greenway (1903-1989), American ornithologist
  • R. B. Greenway, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1920
  • John C. Greenway (d. 1926), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1924
  • John Greenway, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1952, 1956
  • Isabella Selmes Greenway (1886-1953), American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Arizona, 1928-34; U.S. Representative from Arizona at-large, 1933-37
  • Bradley K. Greenway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2000
  • Barbara Greenway, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah 3rd District, 1994
  • Brian Greenway (b. 1951), Canadian guitarist, vocalist, and harmonicist
  • Thomas Greenway (1838-1908), former Premier of Manitoba, Canada
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Greenway


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Suggested Readings for the name Greenway



  • Greenway Miscellany by Carl Forrest Greenway.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Greenway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greenway Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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