The ancestry of the name Greneways dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at the green way or road. The surname Greneways is derived from the Old English words grene,
which means green and weg,
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Greneways name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Greneways family
The surname Greneways 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 Greneways family
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Greneways Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Greneways have been found, including Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Greneways family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greneways family to Ireland
Some of the Greneways 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 Greneways family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Greneways, 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.