The name Witlech has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Witlech was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Witlech family
The surname Witlech 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 Witlech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witlech 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 Witlech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witlech Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Witlech have been found, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Witlech 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 Witlech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witlech family to Ireland
Some of the Witlech 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 Witlech family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Witlech, or a variant listed above: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.