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The name Greatorex is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in an area that was referred to as the great ridge. Greatorex 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.

Greatorex Early Origins



The surname Greatorex 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.

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Greatorex Spelling Variations


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Greatorex Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Greatorex has been spelled many different ways, including Gratrix, Greatrix, Greatrex, Great-Rex, Greatorix, Greatorex and many more.

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Greatorex Early History


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Greatorex Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greatorex research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1743, 1625, 1675, 1712, 1628, 1683 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Greatorex History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greatorex Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greatorex Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greatorex Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greatorex In Ireland


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Greatorex In Ireland



Some of the Greatorex 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Greatorexs to arrive in North America: George, Henry and Lawrence Greatrake settled in Delaware in 1813.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greatorex (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greatorex (post 1700)



  • Eliza Pratt Greatorex (1819-1897), Irish-born, American artist, the first woman to be elected an associate of the National Academy of Design
  • Henry Wellington Greatorex (1816-1858), English-born, American musician from Burton upon Trent, son of Thomas Greatorex
  • Wilfred Greatorex (1921-2002), English television and film writer, script editor and producer, best known as the creator of Secret Army, 1990
  • Walter Greatorex (1877-1949), English composer and musician, best remembered for his hymn tune Woodlands
  • Thomas Greatorex (1758-1831), English composer, astronomer and mathematician, organist of Westminster Abbey and Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Tony Greatorex, Australian politician, the last President of the Legislative Council of the electorate of Sadadeen, eponym of Greatorex, an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory
  • Edward Neville "Ted" Greatorex (1901-1964), Australian rugby union player who claimed 8 international rugby caps for Australia

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Greatorex Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greatorex Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 September 2013 at 09:05.

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