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Wheeley Name Meaning

English: habitational name for someone from Weoley Castle in West Midlands (formerly in Worcestershire), named with Old English weoh ‘(pre-Christian) temple’ + leah ‘(woodland) clearing’, or from Weeley in Essex, which is named with Old English wilig ‘willow’ + leah.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Whaley, Wheatley, Shepley, Webley, Henley, Wheeles, Shelley, Wesley

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Where is the Wheeley family from?

You can see how Wheeley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wheeley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wheeley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Wheeley families living in North Carolina. This was about 44% of all the recorded Wheeley's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Wheeley families in 1840.
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What did your Wheeley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Spooler were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wheeley. 32% of Wheeley men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Wheeley women worked as a Spooler. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wheeley were Carpenter and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Spooler
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Wheeley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wheeley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 339 immigration records available for the last name Wheeley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 552 military records available for the last name Wheeley. For the veterans among your Wheeley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wheeley lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Wheeley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Wheeley in 1961 was 60, and 65 in 2004.

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