Greatrex family crestThe surname Greatrex is an Anglo-Saxon locative name, meaning the original bearer was named after the place they resided. In the case of the English name Greatrex is derived from the Old English term for a "great ridge." The name is first found in Lancashire where the family held ancestral lands around the area of Ulverston and Furness. Not all Saxon names survived the Norman invasion however Greatrex is one of those that survived and flourished.

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