Withelech 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 Withelech was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Withelech family
The surname Withelech 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 Withelech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Withelech 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 Withelech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Withelech 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 Withelech were recorded, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Withelech 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 Withelech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Withelech family to Ireland
Some of the Withelech 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 Withelech 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 Withelech family emigrate to North America: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.