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Whitelocke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Whitelocke is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Whitelocke was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.

Early Origins of the Whitelocke family

The surname Whitelocke was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Whitelocke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitelocke research.
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Whitelocke Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Whitelocke has appeared include Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.

Early Notables of the Whitelocke 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...
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Migration of the Whitelocke family to Ireland

Some of the Whitelocke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Whitelocke family to the New World and Oceana

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Whitelocke arrived in North America very early: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitelocke (post 1700)

  • Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-1676), English lawyer and statesman
  • Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-1675), English lawyer and parliamentarian, eldest son of Sir James Whitelocke
  • Sir James Whitelocke (1570-1632), English judge
  • John Whitelocke (1757-1833), British army officer from Hall Barn Park, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, GOC South-West District (1799–1804)

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