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Witlitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the Witlitch surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Witlitch was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.

Early Origins of the Witlitch family


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

Early History of the Witlitch family


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

Witlitch 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. Witlitch has been spelled many different ways, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.

Early Notables of the Witlitch 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 Witlitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Witlitch family to Ireland


Some of the Witlitch 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 Witlitch 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 Witlitchs to arrive in North America: Thomas and Ann Whitlock, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Whitelock settled in Barbados in 1776.

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