Woelfel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woelfel family

The surname Woelfel was first found in Swabia and Franconia, where the name appeared as early as the year 1136. Chronicles mention the brothers Eberhard and Otto von Wellenwarte members of a dynasty already long standing in the region. The ancestral castle lay in the Woernitz valley near Homburg, and the founder of the modern lines of the family is usually taken to be Georg I von Woellwarth (1366-1409). The older son of Georg founded the Fachsenfelder line, while the younger son founded the main branch known as the Lauterberger line. They contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into even more houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Woelfel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woelfel research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1800, 1802, 1810, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Woelfel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woelfel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woellwarth (Hamburg), Woellwerth, Wollwerth, Woellwurth, Wellenwerte, Wellenwerth, Wollenwerth, Wollenwarth, Wohlwerth, Wohlenwerth, Wohlert, Woehlwerth, Woehlert and many more.

Early Notables of the Woelfel family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woelfel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Woelfel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woelfel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lorenz Woelfel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [1]
  • Sophia Woelfel, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Woelfel (post 1700) +

  • Matthew James Woelfel, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 15th District, 2010


  1. ^ 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)


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