Anglo-Saxon name Grinway comes from when the family resided at the green way or road. The surname Grinway is derived from the Old English words grene, which means green and weg, which means road. Therefore the original bearers of the Grinway name lived by the grassy path or road.
Early Origins of the Grinway family
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 Grinway family
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Grinway Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Grinway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grinway family to Ireland
Some of the Grinway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Grinway family to the New World and Oceana
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.
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