Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Whitelach was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.
Early Origins of the Whitelach family
Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Whitelach family
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Whitelach Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Whitelach were recorded, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Whitelach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whitelach family to Ireland
Some of the Whitelach family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Whitelach family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Whitelach family emigrate to North America: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.
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