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The 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.

Greatrix Early Origins



The surname Greatrix 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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Greatrix Spelling Variations


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Greatrix Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, 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.

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Greatrix Early History


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Greatrix Early History



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

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Greatrix Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greatrix Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Greatrix In Ireland


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Greatrix In Ireland



Some of the Greatrix 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



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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Greatrix Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greatrix 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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