Origins Available: English
Wheet is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a watchman. Wheet is an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This surname comes from the Anglo-Norman-French word waite,
which means watch.
Waits or Waites were British town pipers. Up until 1835, every British town and city of note had a band of Waites and more often than not, they played and instrument called the Wait-pipe.
Early Origins of the Wheet family
The surname Wheet was first found in Cornwall
where they were Lords of the manor of Arwennick, and held a family seat
from very ancient times some say well before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wheet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wheet research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1699 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Wheet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wheet Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Wheet has appeared include Waite, Wait, Wayte, Waits, Waight and others.
Early Notables of the Wheet family (pre 1700)
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wheet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wheet family to Ireland
Some of the Wheet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wheet family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Wheet arrived in North America very early: John Waite, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; another John Waite settled in New York with his wife and six children in 1775; Daniel Waite settled in West New Jersey in 1664.
The Wheet 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: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.