Wheeler name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wheeler mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Wheeler

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Australia says the name Wheeler means "Courage by fire".
  2. A submission from Maryland, U.S. says the name Wheeler means "Maker of wheels" and is of English origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wheel"er
  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)

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

Notable Persons Named Wheeler

Wheeler Dryden

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.

Wheeler Winston Dixon

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

Wheeler Peckham

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.

Wheeler Oakman

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

Wheeler L. Baker

Wheeler Williams

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


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wheeler

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wheeler

David Thewlis

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.

Marina Wheeler

Marina was born in 1964.

Jack Wheeler

Jack Wheeler is a comics character.

Maggie Wheeler

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.

John Archibald Wheeler

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.

Danny Wheeler

Danny was born in Los Angeles.

  • Joseph Wheeler
    Military Person
  • Blake Wheeler
    Hockey Player
  • Joshua Wheeler
  • Sir Mortimer Wheeler
  • William A. Wheeler
    Office Holder
  • Tom Wheeler
    31st Chairmanof TheFederal Communications Commission
  • Zack Wheeler
    Baseball Player
  • Caron Wheeler
  • Philip Wheeler
  • Ted Wheeler
    Chairperson of the County Commission of Multnomah County
  • Wheeler Dryden
  • Kenny Wheeler
  • Wayne Wheeler
  • Tim Wheeler

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

  • What name lists does Wheeler rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Wheeler? Wheeler is the 7,708th 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,720 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 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wheeler is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Alabama have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Wheeler: The name spelled backwards is Releehw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Weehlre. 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!
  • Wheeler name meaning

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