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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.
The surname Whitelock was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
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.
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
Whitelock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Whitelock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.
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