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The ancestors of the bearers of the Reatrake family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in an area that was referred to as the great ridge. Reatrake 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.

Reatrake Early Origins



The surname Reatrake 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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Reatrake Spelling Variations


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Reatrake Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Reatrake include Gratrix, Greatrix, Greatrex, Great-Rex, Greatorix, Greatorex and many more.

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Reatrake Early History


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Reatrake Early History



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

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Reatrake Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reatrake Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Reatrake In Ireland


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Reatrake In Ireland



Some of the Reatrake 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


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Reatrake or a variant listed above: George, Henry and Lawrence Greatrake settled in Delaware in 1813.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Reatrake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reatrake 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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