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The WHEELER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 121,684 223 0.045 451
United States (1880 census) 39,224 118 0.078 784
Change since 1880 +82460 -105 -0.033 -333
Other Countries
Australia 4,991 281 0.031 305
United Kingdom 22,867 231 0.050 498

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of WHEELER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the WHEELER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the WHEELER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of WHEELER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 499 0.41
White (Caucasian) 100,742 82.79
Black/African American 15,624 12.84
Mixed Race 1,764 1.45
Native American/Alaskan 1,107 0.91
White (Hispanic) 1,959 1.61

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the WHEELER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of WHEELER in historical publications

WHEELER. In many dialects signifies wheelwright. This English surname has undergone a singular change in Normandy. M. de Gerville says : " The name of Houelleur which means ' charron ' cartwright in English, is as common, at least in the Cotentin, as that of Carron or Charron. I imagine that it was introduced into Normandy during the thirty-two years' occupation of this country by the English. The English orthography is very different from ours, namely, Wheeler : it literally signifies a maker of wheels." Memoires Soc. Antiq. Normandie, IS-td.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to WHEELER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as WHEELER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for WHEELER

The following words are slight variants of WHEELER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.