De wolfe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient history of the name De wolfe began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name given to a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.
Early Origins of the De wolfe family
The surname De wolfe was first found in Cheshire where they were descended from Hugh Lupus (Wolf,) the Earl of Chester, and chief subject of King William the Conqueror.
Early History of the De wolfe family
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De wolfe Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the De wolfe family name include Wolfe, Wolf, Woolf, Woolfe, Wolff, de Wolfe and many more.
Early Notables of the De wolfe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the De wolfe family to Ireland
Some of the De wolfe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the De wolfe family to immigrate North America:
De wolfe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
De wolfe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
De wolfe Settlers in Canada in the 20th 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