name Grinway comes from when the family resided at the green way or road. The surname Grinway is derived from the Old English words
which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Grinway name lived by the grassy path or road.
where to find the first recorded reference of the name as Robert Greneway who was listed in the
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Grinway has been recorded under many different variations, including Greenway, Greenaway, Greenhay and others.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Grinway 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.