Greenway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Greenway family

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.

Early History of the Greenway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greenway research. Another 52 words (4 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Greenway family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Greenway family to Ireland

Some of the Greenway 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 Greenway migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Ursula Greenway, aged 32, who arrived in New England in 1635 [1]
  • John Greenway, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636 [1]
  • Edward Greenway, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [1]
  • Robert Greenway, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]

Canada Greenway migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greenway Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Greenway (1838-1908), premier of Manitoba was born in England and originally settled in Ontario

Australia Greenway migration to Australia +

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

Greenway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Greenway, (b. 1821), aged 20, Cornish farm servant travelling aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 30th July 1841 [2]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Greenway, (b. 1815), aged 26, Cornish house servant travelling aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 30th July 1841 [2]
  • Mr. John Greenway, (b. 1821), aged 20, Cornish farm servant departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 30th July 1841 [3]
  • Miss Elizabeth Greenway, (b. 1815), aged 26, Cornish house servant departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia on 30th July 1841 [3]
  • Joseph Greenway, aged 50, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Greenway 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:

Greenway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Greenway, aged 15, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • George Greenway, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Emma Greenway, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Ada M. Greenway, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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 [5]
  • John C. Greenway (d. 1926), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1924 [5]
  • John Greenway, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1952, 1956 [5]
  • 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 [5]
  • Bradley K. Greenway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2000 [5]
  • Barbara Greenway, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah 3rd District, 1994 [5]
  • 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.)


Suggested Readings for the name Greenway +

  • 631 Greenway Miscellany by Carl Forrest Greenway.

  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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