Witelech is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name. It was a name given to a person who was a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Witelech was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Witelech family
The surname Witelech 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 Witelech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witelech 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 Witelech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witelech Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Witelech has appeared include Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Witelech 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 Witelech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witelech family to Ireland
Some of the Witelech 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 Witelech family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Witelech arrived in North America very early: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.