Whitlock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Whitlock 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 Whitlock was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Whitlock family

The surname Whitlock was first found in Devon, but much later "the Whitlocks were best represented in the Halstead [Essex] district." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has only two listings for the family with very early spellings: Emma filius Witlok, Huntingdonshire; and William Witlohc, Oxfordshire. [4]

Kirby's Quest also had two early entries for the family in Somerset: William atte Whytelak and Walter Whytelock. Both were "1 Edward III," in other words entered in the first year of King Edward III's reign. [5]

Much further to the north in Scotland, "Th Quhyteloke" was Burgess of Edinburgh in 1403 and Robert Quhytlok was a tenant under the Abbey of Kelso in 1567. [6]

Early History of the Whitlock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitlock research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1624, 1565, 1608, 1564, 1570, 1632, 1610, 1622, 1605, 1675, 1631, 1701, 1654, 1659, 1584, 1537, 1625 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Whitlock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitlock Spelling Variations

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 Whitlock has undergone many spelling variations, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.

Early Notables of the Whitlock family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Edmund Whitelocke (1565-1608), English courtier, born in the parish of St. Gabriel, Fenchurch Street, London, on 10 Feb. 1564, the eldest son of Richard Whitelocke, merchant. His youngest brother, Sir James Whitelocke SL (1570-1632), was an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1610 and 1622. [7] His son, Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-1675), was an English lawyer...
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Whitlock Ranking

In the United States, the name Whitlock is the 1,978th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Whitlock family to Ireland

Some of the Whitlock 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.


United States Whitlock migration to the United States +

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 Whitlock were among those contributors:

Whitlock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Tho Whitlock, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [9]
  • Ann Whitlock, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [9]
  • Aaron Whitlock, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [9]
Whitlock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Whitlock, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [9]
Whitlock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James A Whitlock, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [9]

Canada Whitlock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitlock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Lieut.-Col. John Whitlock U.E. who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was Lieut. Col in the Militia as well as a Magistrate [10]
  • Mr. John Whitlock U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Jonathan Whitlock U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Whitlock U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Whitlock U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1792 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Whitlock migration to Australia +

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

Whitlock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Whitlock, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • John Whitlock, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana" [12]
  • John Whitlock, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [12]
  • Jane Whitlock, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [12]
  • Susanne Whitlock, aged 4, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Whitlock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Whitlock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bell Whitlock, Scottish settler from Auchterarder travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [13]

West Indies Whitlock migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [14]
Whitlock Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Whitlock, aged 31, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitlock (post 1700) +

  • Brand Whitlock (1869-1934), American municipal reformer, diplomat, journalist, and author
  • Jason Lee Whitlock (b. 1967), American sportswriter and radio personality
  • Albert J. Whitlock (1915-1999), Academy Award-winning British-born motion picture matte artist
  • Percy William Whitlock (1903-1946), English organist and composer
  • Lee Whitlock (b. 1968), British television and film actor
  • Jeremy J. Whitlock (b. 1965), Canadian reactor physicist and past president and director of the Canadian Nuclear Society
  • Hector Harold Whitlock (1903-1985), British Olympic athlete at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Mr. Matthew Whitlock, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1762 to 1763
  • Mr. Nathaniel Whitlock, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1793 to 1794
  • Mr. John Whitlock, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1790 to 1791

HMS Royal Oak
  • James T. Whitlock, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [15]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Paul Morgan Whitlock, American Seaman Second Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [16]


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  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  8. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  9. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  10. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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