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The surname Adolphe is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It is derived from the Old German personal name Adalwuf, which is composed of the elements "adal," meaning "noble," and "wulf," meaning "wolf."

Early Origins of the Adolphe family

The surname Adolphe was first found in Kent, where the Adolphe family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. However, many Saxon surnames survived, and the family name Adolphe was first referenced in the 13th century when the family held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Adolphe family

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Adolphe Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Adolphe include Edolphe, Edolph, Edolp, Adolphe, Adolph, Adolf, Edolf, Edulf, Adulf and many more.

Early Notables of the Adolphe family (pre 1700)

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Adolphe Ranking

In France, the name Adolphe is the 4,869th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [1]

United States Adolphe migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Adolphe or a variant listed above:

Adolphe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Adolphe, who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1820
  • Peter Adolphe, who settled in New Orleans in 1838
  • C C Adolphe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Caroline Adolphe, who settled in New Orleans in 1853

Contemporary Notables of the name Adolphe (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Adolphe (b. 1955), American composer and music scholar, Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Concerts of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Eugene J. Adolphe (1910-1977), American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1956 [3]
  • Monique Adolphe (b. 1932), French scientist and researcher into the field of cell biology, Member of the Académie Nationale de Médecine (elected 2001)
  • Charles Adolphe Wurtz (1817-1884), French chemist, best known for his Wurtz reaction
  • Henri Adolphe Franconi (1801-1855), French playwright and circus performer, grandson of Antonio Franconi
  • Stephen Adolphe Wurm (1922-2001), Hungarian-born Australian linguist
  • Gustave Adolphe Drolet, Lawyer and author, Québec
  • Léon Adolphe Bordeaux (1878-1944), French administrator
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), French painter
  • Jérôme Adolphe Blanqui (1798-1854), French economist

  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook