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Greatrex History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Greatrex comes from the family having resided in an area that was referred to as the great ridge. Greatrex 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 Greatrex family

The surname Greatrex 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 Greatrex family

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Greatrex Spelling Variations

Greatrex has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Gratrix, Greatrix, Greatrex, Great-Rex, Greatorix, Greatorex and many more.

Early Notables of the Greatrex family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Greatrex family to Ireland

Some of the Greatrex family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Greatrex family to the New World and Oceana

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Greatrexs to arrive on North American shores: George, Henry and Lawrence Greatrake settled in Delaware in 1813.

Contemporary Notables of the name Greatrex (post 1700)

  • Stanley "Stan" Greatrex, English professional motorcycle speedway rider in the 1930s, National League Champion in 1938
  • Neil Greatrex (b. 1951), English former miner, trade unionist, and the former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM); he was found guilty of embezzlement
  • John Greatrex (b. 1936), English cricketer for Norfolk in the 1970s
  • Thomas James "Tom" Greatrex (b. 1974), British Labour Party politician, Shadow Minister for Energy (2011-2015), Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (2010-2015)
  • Tim Greatrex, British television executive

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