Whytlitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Whytlitch has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Whytlitch was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.  
Early Origins of the Whytlitch family
The surname Whytlitch was first found in Devon, but much later "the Whitlocks were best represented in the Halstead [Essex] district." 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has only two listings for the family with very early spellings: Emma filius Witlok, Huntingdonshire; and William Witlohc, Oxfordshire. 
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. 
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. 
Early History of the Whytlitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whytlitch 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 Whytlitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whytlitch Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Whytlitch have been found, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Whytlitch 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. 
His son, Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-1675), was an English lawyer...
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Migration of the Whytlitch family to Ireland
Some of the Whytlitch 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.
Migration of the Whytlitch family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Whytlitch, 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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