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The surname Wheat was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wheat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. 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.

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