The name Wittlake is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a person with white hair.
Looking back further, we find the name Wittlake was derived from the Old English words whit,
Early Origins of the Wittlake family
The surname Wittlake 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 Wittlake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wittlake 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 Wittlake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wittlake Spelling Variations
Wittlake has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Wittlake have been found, including Whitlock, Whitelock, Witlock and others.
Early Notables of the Wittlake 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 Wittlake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wittlake family to Ireland
Some of the Wittlake 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 Wittlake family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wittlakes to arrive on North American shores:
Wittlake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- August Wittlake, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)