Whealer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient name of Whealer finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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. 
"The name of Houelleur which means 'charron' [cartwright] in English, is as common, at least in the Cotentin, as that of Carron or Charron. I imagine that it was introduced into Normandy during the thirty-two years' occupation of this country by the English. " 
Accordingly, the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Osmondus Huielor, Normandy 1198; William and Roger Huelier, 1180-95. 
Early Origins of the Whealer family
The surname Whealer was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066, at Martin Hussingtree.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has only one listing for the family: Hugh le Welere, Cambridgeshire.  Kirby's Quest lists "William Wheler, Somerset, 1 Edward III. [during the first year's reign of King Edward III] " 
Early History of the Whealer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whealer research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1604, 1691, 1591, 1601, 1608, 1615, 1620, 1686, 1642, 1648, 1727, 1647, 1648, 1664, 1656, 1694, 1683, 1650, 1723 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Whealer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whealer Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Whealer family name include Wheeler, Wheler, Wheller and others.
Early Notables of the Whealer family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Wheeler ( fl. 1601-1608), secretary of the Merchant Adventurers' Company, was probably born at Great Yarmouth. "He may be identical with the John Wheeler who in 1615 was admitted to the East India Company. " 
Thomas Wheeler (c.1620-1686), was an English-born, American settler in 1642 and colonial soldier of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Maurice Wheeler (1648?-1727), was an English divine and almanac-maker, born in 1647 or 1648...
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Migration of the Whealer family to Ireland
Some of the Whealer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Whealer migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Whealer surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Whealer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Whealer, who landed in America in 1635 
- David Whealer, aged 11, who landed in New England in 1638 
Whealer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Philip Whealer, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 
Whealer migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Whealer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. David Whealer U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 
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The Whealer Motto +
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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- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X