The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Whitlech family have grown. The name Whitlech was given to a member of the family who was a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Whitlech was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Whitlech family
The surname Whitlech 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 Whitlech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitlech 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 Whitlech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whitlech 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 Whitlech family name include Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Whitlech 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 Whitlech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whitlech family to Ireland
Some of the Whitlech 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 Whitlech 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. Early immigrants bearing the Whitlech surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.