Recent studies suggest the surname Wheatman dates back to the ninth century. Records dating back to 1280 suggest there was a contingency of Wheatman's in the county of Leicestershire. This was a regular term throughout the Middle Ages in Northern England, but now the surname is fairly widespread. During the period of the British Empire the surname spread with the colonies to areas of America, Asia, India and Australia.
Wheatman is the 544th most popular name in Europe. In the UK alone there are 90086 people with the surname Wheatman. If a certain legal document is to be believed the early 19th century Wheatman's liked a drink or eight. A tarnished history is clear, especially around the summer of 1872 when David Wheatman stole a barrel of ale and was sentenced to prison.