Wheatley Family CrestThe English surname Wheatley, also found in Ireland, is an habitational name from any of various places named Wheatley, for example in Essex, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and West Yorkshire, from the Old English term hwte meaning “wheat” and  leah meaning “(woodland) clearing.” The name is first recorded in1084 when Lambert de Watileia, is registered in “The Geld Roll of  Somerset.” The name is first recorded in the New World in the 17th Century when Christopher Wheatley aged 28, sailed from the Port of London aboard the “Thomas and John” bound for Virginia in June 1635.

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