The name Withlake comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Withlake was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Withlake family
The surname Withlake 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 Withlake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Withlake 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 Withlake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Withlake Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Withlake has undergone many spelling variations
, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Withlake 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 Withlake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Withlake family to Ireland
Some of the Withlake 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 Withlake family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Withlake were among those contributors: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.