Are You a Whitlock Descendant?

The name Whitlock has been used as a surname since at least the 900's. Our ancestors chose the name at different times depending on their need for a surname. Some as early as the 900's, many in the 1200's and others as late as the 1800's. This website will hopefully help you learn more about your Whitlock ancestors and their journey using the name. While the name is Saxon there are descendants in Holland, Sweden, Germany and Poland in the 1300's to 1500's.

We Know Whitlock Genealogy

This site is dedicated to Whitlock Family Genealogy including Whitlock, Whitelock, Whitelocke, Whiteclerk, Whitlark, Witlox, Wittlock and many other variants of the name including all those matching soundex code W342.

The Whitlock Family One-Name Study was started in 1968 and is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. We strive to collect and share worldwide data relating to persons with the name Whitlock and its variants and their descendants.

Origin of the Surname: Whitlock

The name is definitely Saxon in origin and there is no question the "Whit" portion means "White". The controversy surrounds the meaning of the “Lock” section of the name. The common assumption is "White Hair". "Lock" is also a section of something or an enclosure. There is the possibility that it means "White" "Enclosure" and the Whitlocks are descendants of persons who built white enclosures out of chalk for their family or animals. Discover more details about the origin.

Work in Progress

This is a work in progress.  If you find something that doesn't function or have suggestions or questions for us, please e-mail us!  If you click on a source code and it does not relate to the person you are looking for, please email me so I can correct it.  Not all source codes are linked yet. HINT: If an item does not open try changing the document type in the URL line at the top of your screen.  If "jpg" try "pdf"  Note: The Source Document Search feature on the Sources Page is no longer available.  To search the site go to Google - (type word)

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"Peter Mark Whitlock is a truly amazing researcher tracing all Whitlock families worldwide. He runs the best single name research association I have ever come across and we are darn lucky to have him! "

- Douglas Lee Whitlock, San Juan Capistrano, California, USA

Notable Whitlocks

Here are just a few of our more notable family members:

  1. Sir James Whitlock (1570-1632) - Knighted in 1620 by James I
  2. Elizabeth (Kemble) Whitlock (1761-1836) - Actress
  3. Joseph Brand Whitlock (1869-1934) - Author and Mayor of Toledo, Ohio
  4. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (1900-2002) - The Queen Mother