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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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 !

Linda Wheeler Wilson

Wheeler by birth and proud of it!!

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

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!

Linda Meilink
My grandmother Lena Wheeler is from Corning NY. That is about all I know about her. She died in the 1980s. She was in her 80s at the time and died in Baltimore.

blake wheeler

My fathers name is seldon emerson wheeler, and he was from corning ny also

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

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?

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.

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.

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

pink water melon
i love all wheeler's go wheeler's ! BOOM!

Wheeler
We're everywhere.

Tanya (Wheeler) Reed
the reason there are so many wheelers in the illiniois area is that manlove wheeler the 2nd settled there and had 6 or 7 kids who went on to have just as many themselves and most stayed in the illinois area but some lines that decend from him went on to missouri, kansas, iowa, and ohio, that specific line settled in north carolina after first coming to the states before heading to the midwest and i would guess the reason for the midwest is that on most of the us census i have found on wheelers in this area is they were farmers and during the mid 1800s when they migrated to the midwest those states were prime farm land. just a guess but this is the conclusion i have come to. i dont know if any other lines of wheelers settled in this area as well (such as manlove's sibilings) this is just what i know from my line and i have discovered most lines when traced far enough back connect eventually.

Danielle Wheeler
Stupid question, but does anyone know of why there is such a strong link to our name and Illinois? I've met nearly 10 (I work a lot with tourists in New Orleans) in the past three years alone who all said they were from southern Illinois. Just curious...

Vallataa
That's a good question. I know there are a lot of Norwegian-Americans in Illinois. All these people (including the Wheelers that immigrated to America) are from back during the Great Immigration to the newly founded America. Many different peoples from Europe immigrated to Europe. It just so happens that different States were homed by specific major groups. For example, Illinois was big for the Norwegians. And, as it sounds, the Wheelers. : ). P.S. I'm a wheeler! Oh, and for anybody who's interested, from my own research, I have concluded that there is a strong possibility us Wheelers (especially the southern ones, like me) are of Danish descent. // Vallataa.

jim wheeler
Interesting you mention Danish descent. I had been told this at an early age by one of my more enlightened uncles. Yet, I was laughed at by my 3rd grade teacher when I replied to the question, asked of each class member, 'where did your ancestors come from?'. I was promptly corrected and told that the Wheelers were English in origin. However, there is a possibility that my father's father's people were from Scotland.

Brenda Paquette
I'm from Manitoba, Canada; my Great-grandfather Joseph Wheeler, (1864-1948) was Irish (American later?) married to my grandmother, Susanne Girard, of Cree descent. He left her after 10 kids and started another family in the U.S., possibly the Vermont? area. I've done some family research. Anymore info from anywhere would be appreciated. Thank you.

Loretta Fermin
Brenda please look for me on facebook. i am a descendant of joseph wheeler from manitoba

Robert Joseph Wheeler
I have traced my family from Ireland to Kentucky in the 1830s. My great grandfather, Joseph Wheeler was a general with the Confederate army during the civil war. My grandfather, also named Joseph, fathered 17 children with 2 different wives. Not at the same time of course lol! My father Robert Wheeler, was the youngest born in 1940. I know the majority of my family that followed Joseph, arrived in New York during the civil war. Alot of my family fought each other during the war, Joseph and his brothers Shamus and William were Confederate, and the rest were forced to join the union within minutes of getting off the boat at Ellis island. My grandfather came to Illinois from Kentucky in the 1930s and lost a leg during WW2. He spent the rest of his life as a gunsmith, which he passed to his children, and so on and so forth. I have 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Myself and my brothers are all law enforcement officers and gunsmiths. I have alot of letters dating back as far as 1842 and pictures of most of the family as far back as 1857. Even have a pic of great granddad Joseph with Robert E. Lee and Nathan Forrest! We Wheelers, atleast on the Irish side,are definitely some of the most hard headed people you will ever come across! If we have a belief, we will fight to the death protecting it. We cannot be psychoanalized in any way, will stick to our guns, are loyal like mut dogs, and will hold a grudge til the day we die! If you read this last part and think to yourself "oh my God, this is me!" Then check your family tree, I guarantee you will see a Wheeler in it somewhere!

K. Wheeler
Love our name!

Meg Wheeler
Yup definitely wrong Wheeler predates modern English and was a Saxon word meaning wealthy soldier. Wheelers are pretty badass :)

Mike Wheeler
I was told that it is a northern English name of Saxon origin, that it's original spelling was Wheiler or something and that it had nothing to do whatsoever with a wheel but was a Saxon word meaning fortunate warrior or lucky hero.

B. Jerome Wheeler
scripe?

eric wheeler
Wheelers were also scripes to welsh royalty

eric wheeler

My name is Eric Charles wheeler. I have chased my family history back to the 1700's, they are all army based. A john Wheeler was in the royal irish dragoons, married to an Irish girl, maiden name Boyd. Nice to bump into a name-sake. Take care.

jess wheeler
I have also been told that they used to call people that run in the wheels in cotton mills were called wheeler's.

B. Jerome Wheeler
I just read another source which indicated that the name meant wealth and also hero. The occupational assignation came much later that most surnames related to occupation.

B. Jerome Wheeler
I had read somewhere else that Wheeler was not derived from the occupation of wheelright,