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.
Early Origins of the Greatrakes family
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.
Early History of the Greatrakes family
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Greatrakes 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.
Early Notables of the Greatrakes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greatrakes family to Ireland
Some of the Greatrakes family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Greatrakes family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Greatrakes (post 1700)
- William Greatrakes (1723-1781), Irish barrister from Waterford