Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Whittlake was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.
Early Origins of the Whittlake family
Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Whittlake family
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Whittlake Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Whittlake has been recorded under many different variations, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Whittlake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whittlake family to Ireland
Some of the Whittlake family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Whittlake family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Whittlake or a variant listed above: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.
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