The earliest origins of the Whitlitch surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Whitlitch was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Whitlitch family
The surname Whitlitch 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 Whitlitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitlitch 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 Whitlitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whitlitch Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Whitlitch are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Whitlitch include: Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Whitlitch 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 Whitlitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whitlitch family to Ireland
Some of the Whitlitch 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 Whitlitch family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Whitlitch or a variant listed above: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.