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Where did the English Wheeler family come from? What is the English Wheeler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wheeler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wheeler family history?

The many generations and branches of the Wheeler family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a wheelwright. In medieval times wheels were wooden and quite fragile and high maintenance. Thus there was a high demand for both wheels and skilled people to make and repair them.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wheeler were recorded, including Wheeler, Wheler, Wheller and others.

First found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066, at Martin Hussingtree.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wheeler research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1686, 1642, 1656, 1694 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Wheeler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wheeler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Wheeler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wheeler family emigrate to North America:

Wheeler Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Hester Wheeler, who landed in Virginia in 1619
  • Henrie Wheeler, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Isaac Wheeler, who came to Charlestown, Massachusetts between 1620-1650
  • Henry Wheeler, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Anders Wheeler, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1627

Wheeler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Phillip Wheeler, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Mary Wheeler, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Francis Wheeler, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Henry Wheeler, who arrived in Virginia in 1722
  • John Wheeler, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1744

Wheeler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Josiah Wheeler, aged 22, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • James Wheeler, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Daniel Wheeler, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • George Wheeler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • Elijah Wheeler, who arrived in Texas in 1835


  • William A Wheeler (1819-1887), American legislator and politician, Vice-President United States (1877-81)
  • Joseph Wheeler (1836-1906), Confederate general in the American Civil War
  • Burton Kendall Wheeler (1882-1975), American politician, Senator for Montana (1923-1947)
  • Earle Gilmore Wheeler (1908-1975), American US Army general, Chief of Staff (1962-64), Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (1964-70)
  • John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008), American physicist and educator, coined the term "black hole" and won the 1996/97 Wolf Prize in Physics
  • Daniel Michael "Dan" Wheeler (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Billy Edward "Edd" Wheeler (b. 1932), American songwriter, performer, writer, and visual artist
  • George Montague Wheeler (1842-1905), American explorer and cartographer, leader of the Wheeler Survey
  • Sir Charles Wheeler (1892-1974), English sculptor
  • Sir Robert Eric Mortimer Wheeler CH, CIE, MC, TD, FBA, FSA (1890-1976), English archaeologist



  • Ancestors of Our Grandchildren and Their Cousins, 1742-1977 by Harriet R. Frische.
  • The Genealogy of Samual North Wheeler and Theodora La Barre of Hancock, N.Y. by Thomas J. Wheeler.
  • Bond-Wheeler Genealogy with Related Families by Lorene Bond Prewitt.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Avito jure
Motto Translation: By ancestral right.


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  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Wheeler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wheeler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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