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Greatorex History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Greatorex family

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.

Early History of the Greatorex family

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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.

Early Notables of the Greatorex family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Greatorex family to Ireland

Some of the Greatorex family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Greatorex family to the New World and Oceana

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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Greatorex (post 1700)

  • Eliza Pratt Greatorex (1819-1897), Irish-born American artist who was affiliated with the Hudson River School, the second woman to be elected an associate of the National Academy of Design
  • Eleanor Greatorex (1854-1917), American painter and illustrator, his "Portrait of Mrs. John Gellatly", (1890-1897) is featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Henry Wellington Greatorex (1816-1858), English-born, American musician from Burton upon Trent, son of Thomas Greatorex
  • Thomas Greatorex (1758-1831), English composer, astronomer and mathematician, principal organist of Westminster Abbey, Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Theophilus Greatorex (1864-1933), English cricketer for Middlesex (1883-1892)
  • Louis Greatorex (b. 1996), English actor, known for his role as Lawrence in the Last Tango in Halifax, since 2012
  • Ken Greatorex (b. 1936), English rugby league footballer for the Featherstone Rovers (1958-1968)
  • Jonathan Greatorex (b. 1970), English music educator and consumer advocate
  • Wilfred Greatorex (1921-2002), English television and film writer, script editor and producer, best known as the creator of Secret Army, 1990, Plane Makers and its sequel The Power Game, Hine, Brett, Man At The Top, Man From Haven and The Inheritors
  • Walter Greatorex (1877-1949), English composer and musician, best remembered for his hymn tune Woodlands
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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