The English surname Whitlock is of nickname origin, denoting someone with white or fair hair, from the Middle English terms whit meaning “white” and lock meaning ‘ a tress or a curl.” The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Toke Wicelok, which was dated 1208, Curia Rolls of Norfolk. The marriage of Henry Whitlock and Blannch Williams on December 3rd 1593 at St. Gregory by St. Paul is recorded in London. William Whitlock arrived in Barbados in 1635 and is the first recorded Whitlock in the New World. Today there are approximately 16,000 bearers of the name Whitlock living in the US.
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