The name Grenehay is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived at the green way or road. The surname Grenehay is derived from the Old English words grene,
which means green and weg,
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Grenehay name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Grenehay family
The surname Grenehay 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 Grenehay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grenehay research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1491 and are included under the topic Early Grenehay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grenehay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Grenehay has been spelled many different ways, including Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Grenehay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grenehay family to Ireland
Some of the Grenehay 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 Grenehay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Grenehays to arrive in North America: 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.