Anglo-Saxon name Greatrix comes from when the family resided in an area that was referred to as the great ridge. Greatrix 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 Greatrix family
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 Greatrix family
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Greatrix Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Greatrix has been recorded under many different variations, including Gratrix, Greatrix, Greatrex, Great-Rex, Greatorix, Greatorex and many more.
Early Notables of the Greatrix family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greatrix family to Ireland
Some of the Greatrix family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Greatrix family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Greatrix or a variant listed above: George, Henry and Lawrence Greatrake settled in Delaware in 1813.
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