The Scottish surname Grenelay is a habitational name taken on one of the places named Greenlees, in Lanarkshire
. The place name comes from the Scots words "gre-ne" meaning "green," and "ley(s)," meaning a "a meadow."
Early Origins of the Grenelay family
The surname Grenelay was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow.
"[Greenlaw, Berwickshire] is supposed to have derived its name from the situation of the ancient village on one of those conical eminences of which there are several in the parish, which eminence, from its superior verdure, obtained the appellation of the Green Law." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Grenelay family
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Grenelay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Greenlees, Greenleaf, Greenleas, Greenles and others.
Early Notables of the Grenelay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grenelay family to Ireland
Some of the Grenelay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Grenelay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edmund Greenleas who settled in New England
in 1630; Robert settled in Virginia in 1633; Enoch Greenleafe settled in Virginia in 1693; Robert Greenleafe settled in Virginia in 1610, 10 years before the ".
The Grenelay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: I flourish.