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Where did the English Dewolf family come from? What is the English Dewolf family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dewolf family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dewolf family history?

Dewolf is a name whose history dates possibly as far back as 1066 when the Normans first arrived in Britain following their Conquest of the island. It was a name for a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dewolf have been found, including Wolfe, Wolf, Woolf, Woolfe, Wolff, de Wolfe and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they were descended from Hugh Lupus (Wolf,) the Earl of Chester, and chief subject of King William the Conqueror.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewolf research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1202 is included under the topic Early Dewolf History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Dewolf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Dewolf 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.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dewolf were among those contributors:

Dewolf Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Balthasar DeWolf, who arrived in Hartford, Conn in 1656

Dewolf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Godvried DeWolf, who landed in New York in 1709

Dewolf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • N B DeWolf, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Henry DeWolf (1898-1986), American physicist, diplomat, and bureaucrat
  • Jamie DeWolf (b. 1977), American slam poet and spoken word comedian
  • Loran DeWolf (1754-1818), Canadian political figure in Nova Scotia
  • Benjamin DeWolf (1744-1819), Canadian businessman and political figure in Nova Scotia
  • Vice Admiral Henry George "Harry" DeWolf (1903-2000), Canadian naval officer
  • Elisha DeWolf (1756-1837), Canadian judge and political figure


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


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The Dewolf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dewolf 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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