Wheaton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wheaton family

The surname Wheaton was first found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat from ancient times some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066, and acquired the lands of Whatton from Robert of Wheaton from Gilbert de Gent, a Norman Baron.

Early History of the Wheaton family

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Wheaton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wheaton, Whatton and others.

Early Notables of the Wheaton family (pre 1700)

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United States Wheaton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wheaton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Wheaton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1636 [1]
Wheaton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Wheaton, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • William Wheaton who settled in New York, NY in 1820
  • Samuel Wheaton, who landed in New York in 1823
  • Joshua Wheaton, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Mrs. Wheaton, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wheaton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Blanche H. Wheaton, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Ashley Wheaton, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1908
  • B. J. Wheaton, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Constance A. Wheaton, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Charles Wheaton, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Wheaton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wheaton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Wheaton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John Wheaton U.E. who settled in Western District [The Townships of Essex County and Kent County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John Wheaton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Obadiah Wheaton U.E. born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Wheaton U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Wheaton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Wheaton, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1836 [3]
  • Melville Wheaton, who arrived in Canada in 1841
Wheaton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charles Frederick Wheaton, aged 47, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1907

Australia Wheaton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wheaton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Nathaniel Wheaton, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [4]
  • Mary Bynon Wheaton, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [4]
  • John Wheaton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848 [5]
  • Mary Ann Carter Wheaton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848 [5]
  • Phillip Wheaton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848 [5]

New Zealand Wheaton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wheaton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hector E. Wheaton, aged 19, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Wheaton (post 1700) +

  • Henry Myers "Jack" Wheaton (b. 1886), American football player for Yale University from 1907 to 1909
  • John Francis Wheaton (1866-1922), American politician, the first African American elected to the Minnesota Legislature
  • Loyd Wheaton (1838-1918), United States general who fought in the Philippine-American War and for the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Horace Wheaton (1803-1882), American politician, Member of the U.S. Representative from New York
  • Elwood Pierce "Woody" Wheaton (1914-1995), American Major League Baseball left-handed outfielder and pitcher in the 1940s
  • Charles Augustus Wheaton (1809-1882), American businessman, abolitionist and politician in New York state, 4th Mayor of Syracuse, one of the founders of the First Congregational Church in Syracuse
  • Kenneth Tyron "Kenny" Wheaton (b. 1975), American CFL defensive back football player
  • Laban Wheaton (1754-1846), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1809-1815)
  • Richard William "Wil" Wheaton III (b. 1972), American actor and writer, best known for his role as Wesley Crusher in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" series
  • Frank Wheaton (1833-1903), American Civil War general
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Horace Victor Wheaton, British Painter 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [6]


The Wheaton 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: Fidei coticula crux
Motto Translation: The cross is the test of truth.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GRATITUDE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Gratitude.gif
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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