The Gratrix name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in an area that was referred to as the great ridge.
Gratrix is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, or in this case a ridge.
Early Origins of the Gratrix family
The surname Gratrix was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
in the north in the vicinity of Ulverston or Furness. 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.
Early History of the Gratrix family
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Gratrix Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gratrix has undergone many spelling variations
, including Gratrix, Greatrix, Greatrex, Great-Rex, Greatorix, Greatorex and many more.
Early Notables of the Gratrix family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gratrix family to Ireland
Some of the Gratrix family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 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 Gratrix family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gratrix were among those contributors: George, Henry and Lawrence Greatrake settled in Delaware in 1813.