Last name: Wheeler

Recorded in several spellings including Wheeler, the usuall spelling, and Wheeller, Wheler, Whealler, Whealer, Wayler, Whyler, and Whaler, this famous surname is English. It is occupational and in former times described a master wheel-maker or wheelwright. The derivation is from the pre 7th century Olde English word "hweogol" or "hweol", meaning a wheel. Wheels were used in spinning and other manufacturing processes, as well as for vehicles, so the wheelwright held an important position in medieval England. The surname first appears in records in the mid 13th century (see below) with John le Whelare being recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275, whilst the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1279 mentions Hugh le Welere. Thomas le Wegheler appeared in the tax rolls known as the Feet of Fines of Sussex in 1284, and one Stephen le Whelere was listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1317, with Gilbert Whyler being recorded in the pipe rolls of Surrey in 1351. Sir Hugh Massy Wheeler (1789 - 1857) rose to the rank of major-general in the Indian Army, and was murdered during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger le Weweler. This was dated 1249, in the occupation lists for the county of Sussex, during the reign of King Henry 111rd, 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jack Wheeler
I traced my ancestry back and mine is all navel officers and life guards in Ireland

Dale wheeler
Now I am all curious about my family line. I am from moline IL and I had only met my grandfather once when I was a child. My father had always said that we were of Norwegian decent. Reading through these has made me very curious. Someone told me a few years ago that the 1st wheelers settled in NC and John Hill Wheeler helped settle a portion of NC.

Tonya wheeler
I am going to study further. I am a Wheeler and my family is from NY. After finding out my family came from Ireland. I can see myself living there. Kinda sad they came here. Its beautiful there it is the kinda life I can see myself fitting in with and enjoying.

Henry D.Wheeler
My Father Eugene F.wheeler was born in burlington,Vermont in 1930 he never knew his parents. I Have very little info on my family. Anyone else named wheeler who's parent's were born in Vermont?

William E Wheeler III
I know other Wheeler's in the world but they say we arent related but i say we all started in the U.K. and Ireland and made it aroud the world so we are related in some way cause my last name made it to you

Mary (Wheeler) Graham
Oh my, LOTS of Wheeler's around, isn't there? Our line is from NY (Westchester County). Sadly, I don't know a whole lot about ourselves so the scroll is very helpful!

Jeremy Wheeler
My family is mostly out of Kittery, Me but I know that we originally came from Ireland. My girlfriend is also a Wheeler, funny right, but her family comes from Massachusettes by way of England. Still, I know lots of wheelers and have been able to trace quite a bit of history through ancestry dot com. :D

Lee Wheeler

Our name is of viking origin. The original meaning of the name is that of a prosperous warrior. I got that information from members of the Cambridge geneological society in England. For those of you who have that name, I salute you !

nick wheeler

after seeing all of this, i feel like i found my long lost family or something! its pretty sweet

Sharron Wheeler-Davies
Hey, The Wheeler Family is large, mine originate in England but my close decedents actually where based in and around Wales, United Kingdom, I have recently been doing my family tree and have found some fascinating characters within my history lines, some stayed in the UK, some migrated to the US, Canada and so on. It is interesting to think where are blood line comes from, and what traits are carried on, We do have a lot of Red heads in the Family so that genetic was past down the line, and yes i was lucky enough to get a version of it. I hope you guys find some interesting facts out about your Wheeler Line :-)