The origins of the Greneway name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived at the green way or road. The surname Greneway is derived from the Old English words grene,
which means green and weg,
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greneway name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Greneway family
The surname Greneway 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 Greneway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greneway research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1491 and are included under the topic Early Greneway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greneway Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Greneway were recorded, including Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Greneway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greneway family to Ireland
Some of the Greneway 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 Greneway family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Greneway family emigrate to 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.