Wheelwright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wheelwright family

The surname Wheelwright was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times before the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Early History of the Wheelwright family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wheelwright research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1361, 1592 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Wheelwright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wheelwright Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wheelwright, Wheelright and others.

Early Notables of the Wheelwright family (pre 1700)

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United States Wheelwright migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wheelwright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Wheelwright who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1631
  • John Wheelwright, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636 [1]
  • Thomas Wheelwright, who landed in New England in 1652 [1]
  • Samuel Wheelwright, who arrived in New England in 1671 [1]
Wheelwright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eben Wheelwright, who settled in Portland Maine, in 1820
  • Catherine Wheelwright, who settled in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1823
  • Dr. Wheelwright, who settled in San Francisco in 1850

New Zealand Wheelwright 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:

Wheelwright Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles A Wheelwright, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wheelwright (post 1700) +

  • Joseph S. Wheelwright, American Republican politician, Mayor of Bangor, Maine, 1871-72; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1884 [3]
  • J. H. Wheelwright, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1916 [3]
  • George H. Wheelwright Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1904 [3]
  • Philip Ellis Wheelwright (1901-1970), American philosopher, classical scholar and literary theorist
  • John Brooks Wheelwright (1897-1940), American poet
  • Lorin Farrar Wheelwright (1909-1987), American Latter-day Saint hymnwriter, composer, musical instructor and educator
  • William Wheelwright (1798-1873), American businessman who developed steamboat and train transportation in Chile, founder of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company in 1838
  • Edmund March Wheelwright (1854-1912), American architect in New England, city architect for Boston, Massachusetts from 1891-1895
  • Ernest Lamour "Wheels" Wheelwright (1939-2001), American NFL football running back who played from 1964 to 1970
  • Ernest Lamour Wheelwright IV (b. 1984), American NFL and CFL football wide receiver

The Wheelwright 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: Res non Verba
Motto Translation: Deeds, not Words.

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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