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.
Early Origins of the Greatorix family
The surname Greatorix 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 Greatorix family
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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)
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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.
Migration of the Greatorix family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
"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.).
- Josiah Greatorix, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"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.).