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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 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 United States in the 18th Century


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

Wheat Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Solo Wheat arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Solo Wheat, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Wheat Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Wheat arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863

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  • Sheila D. Wheat, American singer of jazz, theater and gospel inspiration
  • Natasha Wheat (b. 1981), American artist
  • William Howard Wheat (1879-1944), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Roy Mitchell Wheat (1947-1967), United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor
  • Alfred Adams Wheat (1867-1943), United States federal judge
  • DeJuan Shontez Wheat (b. 1973), American professional basketball player
  • Leroy William Wheat (1929-2008), American professional right-handed pitcher
  • McKinley Davis Wheat (1893-1979), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Ken Wheat (b. 1950), American screenwriter, producer and director
  • David "Buck" Wheat (1922-1985), American folk and jazz musician, songwriter and recording artist

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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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  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2014 at 22:07.

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