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The Roadway surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of various place names, such as Radway in Devon, Radway in Warwickshire, Rodway in Somerset, or Roadway in Devon. These place names are all from the Old English words "re-ad," meaning "red," and "waye," meaning "road."

Early Origins of the Roadway family

The surname Roadway was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1205 when Henry de Radeweie held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Roadway family

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Roadway 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 Roadway include Radway, Rodway, Radaway, Rodaway, Reddaway, Roadway and many more.

Early Notables of the Roadway family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Roadway family to the New World and Oceana

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: Jane Radway, who came to Virginia in 1635; Isaac Radway, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; Wm. Radway, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; John Rodway, who came to Maryland in 1670.

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