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Origins of the Wheeler surname

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What does the name Wheeler mean?

Wheeler is an English surname. The surname derives from the Old English 'hweolere', and is occupational. It was given to those who made and repaired cartwheels. Due to the regularity of the work, this name is widespread across the country.

Alternative variations of the name Wheeler

Wheeler, Weller, Wheller, Wheler, Wheelar

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Where do most Wheelers live?

In 1921, most Wheelers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Wheelers

How common is your surname?

210th most common surname in the UK

We have 188,000 records for the Wheeler surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Wheelers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Wheeler first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Wheelers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Wheelers in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Wheelers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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