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.
Early Origins of the Reatrake family
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.
Early History of the Reatrake family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Reatrake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reatrake family to 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.
Migration of the Reatrake family to the New World and Oceana
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.