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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wheat, Wheate, Whate, Weate, Weet, Wete and others.

First found in Norfolk, where the name appeared in the mid-12th century. The Wheat name has several possible origins. The most obvious is that it is a metonymic occupational name and that the first bearer was a wheat farmer. Another possibility is that it was originally a nickname for someone who ate a lot of wheat or who bore some resemblance to wheat, perhaps in hair color. Still another possibility is that the name is completely unrelated to wheat, coming instead from the old English word hwoet, which meant active, bold or brave.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wheat research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1157, 1180, 1249, 1327, 1484, 1563, 1667, 1721, 1690, 1695, 1708, 1721, 1717 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Wheat History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wheat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wheat Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Joshua Wheat, who arrived in New England in 1635 at the young age of 17
  • Joshua Wheat, aged 17, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Moses Wheat, who landed in New England in 1642
  • Moses Wheat, who arrived there seven years later, in 1642

Wheat Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Wheat, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787

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  • Zack "Buck" Wheat, American baseball player
  • Alan Dupree Wheat (b. 1951), American politician
  • Sara Wheat (b. 1984), American retired competitive figure skater
  • David "Buck" Wheat (1922-1985), American folk and jazz musician, songwriter and recording artist
  • Ken Wheat (b. 1950), American screenwriter, producer and director
  • McKinley Davis Wheat (1893-1979), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Leroy William Wheat (1929-2008), American professional right-handed pitcher
  • DeJuan Shontez Wheat (b. 1973), American professional basketball player
  • Alfred Adams Wheat (1867-1943), United States federal judge
  • Roy Mitchell Wheat (1947-1967), United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor

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  • Wheat Genealogy: The Story of A Family of the Old South by Dan D. Wheat.
  • Wheat Family by Christine R. Brown.
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The Wheat Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wheat 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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