Witelitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Witelitch is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Witelitch was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.  
Early Origins of the Witelitch family
The surname Witelitch 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 Witelitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witelitch 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 Witelitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witelitch Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Witelitch were recorded, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Witelitch 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...
Migration of the Witelitch family to Ireland
Some of the Witelitch 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 Witelitch family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Witelitch family emigrate to North America: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.