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The history of the name Witlach goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Witlach was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.

Witlach Early Origins



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

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Witlach Spelling Variations


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Witlach Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Witlach family name include Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.

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Witlach Early History


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Witlach Early History



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

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Witlach Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Witlach Early Notables (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 Witlach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witlach In Ireland


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Witlach In Ireland



Some of the Witlach 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.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Witlach or a variant listed above: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Witlach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witlach Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 September 2013 at 11:58.

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