The ancestors of the Whittelech family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Whittelech was a name given to a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Whittelech was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Whittelech family
The surname Whittelech 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 Whittelech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittelech 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 Whittelech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whittelech Spelling Variations
Whittelech has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Whittelech have been found, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Whittelech 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 Whittelech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whittelech family to Ireland
Some of the Whittelech 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 Whittelech family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Whittelechs to arrive on North American shores: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.