Anglo-Saxon name Wittlack come from its first bearer, who was a person with white hair. Looking back further, we find the name Wittlack was derived from the Old English words whit, meaning white and lock, meaning tress or hair.
Early Origins of the Wittlack family
Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Wittlack family
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Wittlack Spelling Variations
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. Wittlack has been spelled many different ways, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Wittlack family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wittlack family to Ireland
Some of the Wittlack family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wittlack 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 Wittlacks 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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