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The name Greatrax is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in an area that was referred to as the great ridge. Greatrax 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.

Greatrax Early Origins



The surname Greatrax 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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Greatrax Spelling Variations


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Greatrax Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Greatrax are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Greatrax include: Gratrix, Greatrix, Greatrex, Great-Rex, Greatorix, Greatorex and many more.

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Greatrax Early History


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Greatrax Early History



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

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Greatrax Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greatrax Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Greatrax In Ireland


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Greatrax In Ireland



Some of the Greatrax 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Greatrax or a variant listed above: George, Henry and Lawrence Greatrake settled in Delaware in 1813.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Greatrax Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greatrax 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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