name Witlake comes from its first bearer, who was a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Witlake was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Witlake family
The surname Witlake 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 Witlake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witlake 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 Witlake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witlake Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Witlake has been spelled many different ways, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Witlake 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 Witlake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witlake family to Ireland
Some of the Witlake 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 Witlake family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Witlakes to arrive in North America: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.