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The ancient history of the name Dewolfe 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.


The surname Dewolfe 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.

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 Dewolfe family name include Wolfe, Wolf, Woolf, Woolfe, Wolff, de Wolfe and many more.


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


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


Some of the Dewolfe 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.


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 Dewolfe family to immigrate North America:

Dewolfe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W H DeWolfe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Dewolfe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • D. C. DeWolfe, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Oscar DeWolfe, aged 62, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Pearl DeWolfe, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Matt DeWolfe, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Alice C. DeWolfe, aged 14, who settled in America, in 1910

Dewolfe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frank DeWolfe, aged 38, who emigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1920


  • Chris DeWolfe (b. 1966), American entrepreneur, one of the creators of Myspace
  • Master William Roy  DeWolfe (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • James "Jim" DeWolfe (b. 1949), Canadian politician in Nova Scotia who represented Pictou East in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1998 to 2006


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