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.
Early Origins of the Greatrax family
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.
Early History of the Greatrax family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Greatrax family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greatrax family to 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.
Migration of the Greatrax family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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.