Withelitch is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Withelitch was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Withelitch family
The surname Withelitch 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 Withelitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Withelitch 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 Withelitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Withelitch Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Withelitch include Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Withelitch 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 Withelitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Withelitch family to Ireland
Some of the Withelitch 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 Withelitch family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Withelitch were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.