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The ancestry of the name Greatrakes dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in an area that was referred to as the great ridge. Greatrakes 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.

Greatrakes Early Origins



The surname Greatrakes 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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Greatrakes Spelling Variations


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Greatrakes Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Greatrakes have been found, including Gratrix, Greatrix, Greatrex, Great-Rex, Greatorix, Greatorex and many more.

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Greatrakes Early History


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Greatrakes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greatrakes 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 Greatrakes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greatrakes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greatrakes Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Greatrakes In Ireland


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Greatrakes In Ireland



Some of the Greatrakes 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Greatrakes, or a variant listed above: George, Henry and Lawrence Greatrake settled in Delaware in 1813.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Greatrakes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greatrakes 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 09:02.

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