Show ContentsWheelhouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wheelhouse family

The surname Wheelhouse was first found in Yorkshire where Willelmus de Whelehous was recorded in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1] [2] [3]

"This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of the wheel-house,' from residence thereby, the place where wheels were made or stored." [1]

Another source explains the name is "from residence near or employment at a wheelhouse, often, no doubt, near a dammed-up stream where the cutler ground his knives on a wheel driven by water. The name is especially a West Riding [Yorkshire] one." [2]

Early History of the Wheelhouse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wheelhouse research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1617, 1702, 1740, 1747, 1795, 1826, 1909, 1826, 1846, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1904, 1884, 1891 and 1909 are included under the topic Early Wheelhouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wheelhouse Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wheelhouse, Weelhouse, Weelhous, Wheelhous, Wheelas, Wheelar and many more.

Early Notables of the Wheelhouse family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Claudius Galen Wheelhouse (1826-1909), English surgeon, born at Snaith in Yorkshire on 29 Dec. 1826, was second son of James Wheelhouse, surgeon. He entered the Leeds school of medicine in October 1846, and was admitted M.R.C.S. England on 25 March 1849, and a licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1850. He then went to the Mediterranean on a yachting cruise as surgeon to Lord Lincoln, afterwards fifth duke of Newcastle and secretary of state for war. He took with him one of the first photographic cameras which left England, and obtained many good photographs...
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United States Wheelhouse migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wheelhouse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Wheelhouse, who settled in Virginia in 1695
  • Richard Wheelhouse, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [4]
Wheelhouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Wheelhouse, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1745
  • David Wheelhouse, who arrived in Norfolk, VA in 1774 with his wife and their three children

Contemporary Notables of the name Wheelhouse (post 1700) +

  • Ben Wheelhouse (1902-1985), English professional footballer
  • William St James Wheelhouse (1821-1886), British barrister and Conservative Party politician
  • Paul Wheelhouse (b. 1970), Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • Jobe Wheelhouse (b. 1985), Australian football player, he represented Australia in 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Alfred Faulkner Wheelhouse, English Junior 7th Engineer from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking and was recovered [5]

The Wheelhouse 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.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. 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)
  5. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook