The history of the name Whitelech goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Whitelech was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Whitelech family
The surname Whitelech was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Whitelech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitelech research.Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1657, 1624, 1570, 1632, 1610, 1622, 1605, 1675, 1631, 1701, 1654 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Whitelech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whitelech Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Whitelech family name include Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Whitelech family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir James Whitelocke SL (1570-1632), an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1610 and 1622; Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-1675), an... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitelech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whitelech family to Ireland
Some of the Whitelech family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 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 Whitelech family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Whitelech or a variant listed above: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.