Grenway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Grenway surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived at the green way or road. The surname Grenway is derived from the Old English words grene, which means green and weg, which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Grenway name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Grenway family
The surname Grenway 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 of 1273.
Early History of the Grenway family
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Grenway Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Grenway include Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
Early Notables of the Grenway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grenway family to Ireland
Some of the Grenway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Grenway family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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.
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