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Where did the English Whitelegg family come from? What is the English Whitelegg family crest and coat of arms? When did the Whitelegg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Whitelegg family history?

Whitelegg is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Whitelegg family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Whitelegg family lived in Devon, in the township of Whitleigh. Today Whiteley Bank, also spelled "Whitely Bank", is a small hamlet on the Isle of Wight, England and Whiteley is a community in the county of Hampshire founded in the 1980s.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Whitelegg have been found, including Whitley, Whiteley, Whitleigh, Whytleigh, Whyteleigh, Wytley, Whitlie and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from 1066, and Robert d'Aumale held the village of Whitleigh from Bishop Odo. The village is now a part of the city of Plymouth, and conjectural descent from Robert is most likely.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitelegg research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1638, 1618, 1697, 1660, 1681, 1681, 1685, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Whitelegg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitelegg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Whitelegg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Whitelegg were among those contributors: Mitchell Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Thomas Whitley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.

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  • Robert Harben Whitelegg (1871-1957), English mechanical engineer, Locomotive Superintendent of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway (LTSR), and later Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Glasgow and South Western Railway (G&SWR)
  • Thomas Whitelegg (1836-1911), English mechanical engineer, Locomotive, Carriage & Wagon and Marine Superintendent for the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway (LTSR)), father of Robert Whitelegg
  • John Whitelegg, British academic, visiting Professor of Sustainable Transport at Liverpool John Moores University


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The Whitelegg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitelegg 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.

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