Whitlam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitlam family

The surname Whitlam was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where they held a family seat in the lands of Whitelaw in the parish of Morbattle. [1] There was also a barony of Whitelaw in the parish of Bowden.

"Several of this name are mentioned in the Ragman Roll; and in the reign of King James II. one Archibald Whitelaw was an eminent prelate, and secretary of state to that king." [2]

And another source notes that the name could have been "from Whitlow; a location name in Northumberland. " [3]

However, the greatest entries were found in the aforementioned Scottish source. "John de Wytelowe of the county of Edneburk, rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I and was ancestor of Whitelaws of that Ilk near Dunbar. His seal bears a seven-leaved flower and S' Joh's de Vitlav. John Whitelaw de eodem, was a juror on inquest on bounds of lands of Gladmor (Gladsmuir) in 1430 and Archibald de Quhitelaw, was Archdeacon of St. Andrews 'infra partes Laudonie' in 1470. " [1]

Early History of the Whitlam family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitlam research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1581, 1586, 1578 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Whitlam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitlam Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitelaw, Whytelaw, Whitlaw, Whitelow, Whitlow and many more.

Early Notables of the Whitlam family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Whitlam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Whitlam family to Ireland

Some of the Whitlam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Whitlam migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Whitlam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Whitlam, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitlam (post 1700) +

  • Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam (1916-2014), Australian politician, 21st Prime Minister from 1972 to 1975, Minister for Foreign Affairs (1972-1973), Leader of the Opposition (1975-1977)


The Whitlam Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Solertia ditat
Motto Translation: Prudence enriches.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.


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