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Witelyke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Witelyke is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Witelyke was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.

Early Origins of the Witelyke family


The surname Witelyke was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Witelyke family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witelyke 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 Witelyke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Witelyke 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 Witelyke were recorded, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.

Early Notables of the Witelyke 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...
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Migration of the Witelyke family to Ireland


Some of the Witelyke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Witelyke family to the New World and Oceana


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 Witelyke family emigrate to North America: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.

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