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Lupus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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Lupus is one of the most ancient names to come from the Norman culture that arrived in Britain soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.


Early Origins of the Lupus family


The surname Lupus 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 Lupus family


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Lupus Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Lupus are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Lupus include Wolfe, Wolf, Woolf, Woolfe, Wolff, de Wolfe and many more.

Early Notables of the Lupus family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Lupus family to Ireland


Some of the Lupus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lupus family to the New World and Oceana


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Lupus, or a variant listed above:

Lupus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Juon Lupus, aged 17, who settled in America from Felkenger, in 1906
  • Janos Lupus, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Dane Lupus, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Julio Lupus, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Marthe Lupus, aged 18, who landed in America from Metz, France, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lupus (post 1700)


  • Hugh Lupus Grosvenor KG, PC, JP, (1825-1899), 1st Duke of Westminster, English landowner, politician and racehorse owner

The Lupus Motto


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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