The history of the Greenways family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living at the green way or road. The surname Greenways is derived from the Old English words grene,
which means green and weg,
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greenways name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Greenways family
The surname Greenways 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 Greenways family
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Greenways Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Greenways include Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Greenways family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greenways family to Ireland
Some of the Greenways 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 Greenways family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Greenways or a variant listed above: 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.