The name Whittelock is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Whittelock was a name used for a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Whittelock was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Whittelock family
The surname Whittelock 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 Whittelock family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittelock 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 Whittelock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whittelock Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Whittelock include Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Whittelock 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 Whittelock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whittelock family to Ireland
Some of the Whittelock 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 Whittelock family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Whittelock were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.