Wheeler

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since 1880
Last Name
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wheeler

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  • A submission from Maryland, United States says the name Wheeler means "Maker of wheels" and is of English origin.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wheel"er
Senses
  1. One who wheels, or turns.
  2. A maker of wheels; a wheelwright.(Obs)
  3. A wheel horse. See under Wheel.
  4. [Naut] A steam vessel propelled by a paddle wheel or by paddle wheels; -- used chiefly in the terms side-wheeler and stern-wheeler.
  5. A worker on sewed muslin.(Eng)
  6. [Zoöl] The European goatsucker.(Prov. Eng)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A draft horse harnessed behind others and nearest the wheels of a vehicle
  2. A person who rides a bicycle
  3. The man at the outermost end of the rank in wheeling
  4. Someone who makes and repairs wooden wheels
  5. Scottish archaeologist (1890-1976)
Wiktionary

wheel +‎ -er

  1. (obsolete) A wheelwright, a wheelmaker.
  2. Someone who operates a wheel.
  3. (archaic) A wheel horse.
  4. (used in combination with a preceding whole number) A vehicle having the specified number of wheels.

Notable Persons Named Wheeler

Wheeler Dryden was an actor, film director, and director. Wheeler was given the name George Dryden Wheeler, Jr. by his parents Leo Dryden and Hannah Chaplin on August 31st, 1892 in Brixton, London, England, UK. Wheeler is also known as Wheeler Dryden. He breathed his last breath on September 30th, 1957.

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Wheeler Winston Dixon is a writer. Wheeler was born on March 12th, 1950 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Wheeler Peckham was a District Attorney of New York County and New York County District Attorney. Wheeler was born on January 1st, 1833 in Albany, New York. He passed away on September 27th, 1905.

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Wheeler was born on February 21st, 1890 in Washington D.C., U.S. He died on March 19th, 1949.

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Wheeler was born on November 30th, 1897. He passed away on August 12th, 1972.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wheeler

David Thewlis is an actor, author, film director, and screenwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 1985. David was given the name David Wheeler on March 20th, 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

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Marina was born in 1964.

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Jack Wheeler is a comics character.

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Maggie Wheeler is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to present. Maggie was given the name Margaret Emily Jakobson on August 7th, 1961 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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John Archibald Wheeler was a scientist in the field of physics. John was born on July 9th, 1911 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. He passed away on July 9th, 1911.

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Danny was born in Los Angeles.

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How popular is the baby name Wheeler in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 13 0 13
1882 7 0 7
1883 12 0 12
1884 10 0 10
1885 6 0 6
1886 9 0 9
1887 5 0 5
1888 11 0 11
1891 5 0 5
1894 5 0 5
1896 7 0 7
1897 5 0 5
1898 14 0 14
1899 23 0 23
1900 12 0 12
1902 9 0 9
1903 8 0 8
1905 6 0 6
1906 9 0 9
1907 8 0 8
1908 7 0 7
1909 16 0 16
1910 11 0 11
1911 7 0 7
1912 16 0 16
1913 17 0 17
1914 13 0 13
1915 30 0 30
1916 41 0 41
1917 33 0 33
1918 27 5 22
1919 29 0 29
1920 39 0 39
1921 32 0 32
1922 27 0 27
1923 25 0 25
1924 25 0 25
1925 31 0 31
1926 26 0 26
1927 22 0 22
1928 30 0 30
1929 30 0 30
1930 18 0 18
1931 20 0 20
1932 17 0 17
1933 24 0 24
1934 16 0 16
1935 9 0 9
1936 12 0 12
1937 17 0 17
1938 17 0 17
1939 21 0 21
1940 24 0 24
1941 17 0 17
1942 15 0 15
1943 20 0 20
1944 18 0 18
1945 14 0 14
1946 18 0 18
1947 18 0 18
1948 15 0 15
1949 9 0 9
1950 19 0 19
1951 19 0 19
1952 13 0 13
1953 16 0 16
1955 14 0 14
1956 16 0 16
1957 12 0 12
1958 10 0 10
1959 10 0 10
1960 9 0 9
1962 13 0 13
1963 10 0 10
1964 6 0 6
1965 6 0 6
1966 7 0 7
1968 6 0 6
1970 10 0 10
1972 7 0 7
1973 6 0 6
1976 5 0 5
1977 5 0 5
1978 9 0 9
1979 5 0 5
1982 6 0 6
1984 7 0 7
1985 7 0 7
1986 5 0 5
1987 5 0 5
1990 8 0 8
1992 12 0 12
1993 9 0 9
1994 14 0 14
1996 12 0 12
1998 8 0 8
1999 10 0 10
2000 7 0 7
2001 10 0 10
2002 9 0 9
2003 11 0 11
2004 14 0 14
2005 6 0 6
2006 7 0 7
2007 7 0 7
2008 14 0 14
2009 19 0 19
2010 17 0 17
2011 17 0 17
2012 17 0 17
2013 16 0 16
2014 21 0 21
2015 19 0 19
2016 20 0 20
2017 22 0 22

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Popularity of Wheeler as a first name

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Popularity of Wheeler as a last name

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Common last names for Wheeler

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Thompson
  • Phillips
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Chapman
  • Jackson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wheeler U.S.
  White 80.96% 64.26%
  African American 13.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.93% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.35% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wheeler

People with the last name Wheeler are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wheeler

  • How Popular is the name Wheeler? Wheeler is the 7,693rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Wheeler was the 243rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wheeler have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,646 babies born with the first name Wheeler in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wheeler to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wheeler? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Wheeler first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wheeler is Tuesday, June 22nd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Wheeler born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wheeler was in 1916 with a total of 41 babies.
  • Random Wheeler Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wheeler is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Wheeler: Your name in reverse order is Releehw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eelerhw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wheeler? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 125,058 people with the last name Wheeler.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wheeler? Wheeler was ranked as the 243rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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