Greatorix History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Greatorix name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in an area that was referred to as the great ridge. Greatorix 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. [1]

Another source postulates that the name was from "Greatorick, from Gayteric, the old form of Catterick, Yorkshire, in which county the name remains common." [2]

And two sources claim the name is from Great Rocks; a hamlet, Tideswell, Derbyshire. [3] [4] This latter source dives into more detail: "the Derbyshire name of Greatorex is evidently derived from Great Rocks, a hamlet in the parish of Wormhill. Greatrix and Gratrix are now Lancashire forms of the name." [4]

And yet another source claims the name is from Greterakes, a place name in the Domesday Book of 1086. [5]

Early Origins of the Greatorix family

The surname Greatorix was first found in Essex where Augustine Brandon and Elizabeth Greatracks, of Westham, Essex married in 1382. [6]

Early History of the Greatorix family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greatorix research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1647, 1659, 1697, 1743, 1625, 1675, 1712, 1629, 1683, 1629, 1628, 1683 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Greatorix History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Greatorix Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Greatorix were recorded, including Gratrix, Greatrix, Greatrex, Great-Rex, Greatorix, Greatorex and many more.

Early Notables of the Greatorix family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Ralph Greatorex (c.1625-1675), an English mathematical instrument maker and apprentice of London clockmaker Elias Allen, his name appears in Pepys's Diary. His date of death is uncertain as the Dictionary of National Biography claims he died as late as 1712. Valentine Greatrakes (1629-1683), whose name...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greatorix Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Greatorix family to Ireland

Some of the Greatorix family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Greatorix migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Greatorix family emigrate to North America:

Greatorix Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Greatorix, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Ohio" from Hamburg, Germany [7]
  • Josiah Greatorix, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [8]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN65-823 : 6 December 2014), John Greatorix, 14 Oct 1923; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Ohio, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNWY-44C : 6 December 2014), Josiah Greatorix, 19 Oct 1924; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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