The name Withlitch was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name typically given to a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Withlitch was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Withlitch family
The surname Withlitch 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 Withlitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Withlitch 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 Withlitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Withlitch Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Withlitch include Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Withlitch 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 Withlitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Withlitch family to Ireland
Some of the Withlitch 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 Withlitch family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.