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Where did the English Woulfe family come from? What is the English Woulfe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Woulfe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Woulfe family history?The name Woulfe is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Woulfe was a Norman name used for a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Wolfe, Wolf, Woolf, Woolfe, Wolff, de Wolfe and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woulfe research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1202 is included under the topic Early Woulfe History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Woulfe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Woulfe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Woulfe name or one of its variants:
Woulfe Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fides in adversis
Motto Translation: faith in adversity
The Woulfe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woulfe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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