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

The name Whitelock comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Whitelock was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Whitelock has undergone many spelling variations, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitelock 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 Whitelock History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitelock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Whitelock 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.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Whitelock were among those contributors:

Whitelock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne Whitelock, who arrived in Virginia in 1652

Whitelock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Whitelock, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740-1741
  • William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776

Whitelock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Marian Whitelock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850


  • Richard Whitelock (b. 1930), American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate, 1982 (13th District), 1998 (23rd District); Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1984
  • Charles Whitelock, American politician, Postmaster at Salisbury, Maryland, 1849-53, 1861-65
  • Loran M. Whitelock, American botanist, a specialist in Cycads, a prehistoric plant
  • Adam Whitelock (b. 1987), New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Luke Whitelock (b. 1991), New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • George Whitelock (b. 1986), New Zealand rugby union player
  • Samuel Lawrence Whitelock (b. 1988), New Zealand rugby player


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

This page was last modified on 8 October 2015 at 11:08.

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