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Multiple Origins for the Surname Wolf



The Wolf surname is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Wolfgang, a popular personal name in Germany during medieval times. This personal name was originally derived from the Old German "wolf" which meant "wolf" and "ganc" meaning "battle."

Wolf Early Origins



The surname Wolf was first found in the Rhineland, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname spread to nearly all parts of Germany, and was identified with the great social and economic evolution that contributed to the development of the nation. Chronicles mention Nivelung Wolf of Cologne as early as 1135, and Elbel Wolf of Bruenn in Moravia in 1365, showing the gradual eastward movement of the branches.

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Wolf Spelling Variations


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Wolf Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Wolf include Wolf, Wolff, Wolfen, Wolfe, Wulf and others.

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Wolf Early History


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Wolf Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolf research. Another 417 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1790, 1856, 1786, 1679, 1754, 1683, 1739, 1759, 1824, 1860 and 1903 are included under the topic Early Wolf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wolf Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables with the name Wolf during this period were Christian Wolff (1679-1754), who was one of the most widely read and influential Philosophers of the 18th century; Johann Christoph Wolf (1683-1739), a German Christian...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Wolf, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Wolf Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Claes Wolf, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1658 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas Wolf, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683

Wolf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John George Wolf, who settled in New England in 1709 with his wife, two sons, and two daughters
  • Hans Bernard Wolf, who setted in Philadelphia in 1727
  • Hans Bernard Wolf, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Abraham Wolf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jonas Wolf, who setted in Philadelphia in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wolf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Wolf, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Paul Wolf, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Frederick Wolf, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Friedrich Philipp Christian Wolf, aged 27, who arrived in America in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Christoph Wolf, aged 40, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1841 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wolf Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harnenn Wolf, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1905 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Wolf Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Magdalena Wolf, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1742
  • Augustin Wolf, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Wolf Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Wolf, who landed in Canada in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolf (post 1700)



  • Charles Wolf Jr. (1924-2016), American senior economic advisor at the RAND Corporation (1955-2016)
  • Shawn White Wolf, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Montana State House of Representatives 80th District, 2010
  • Max Wolf, American Olympic sliver medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Summer Gamesw
  • Richard A. "Dick" Wolf (b. 1946), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award and Grammy Award winning producer and writer
  • Randall Christopher "Randy" Wolf (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Emil Wolf Ph.D., (b. 1922), American (Czech born) physicist who made advancements in physical optics and as of 2006, a Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester
  • David Alexander Wolf M.D. (b. 1956), American astronaut and a veteran of four space shuttle missions and an extended stay aboard the Mir space station. As of 2006, he has logged 158 days in space
  • Andreas Wolf (b. 1982), German footballer
  • Alexander Wolf (b. 1978), German two-time bronze medalist biathlete
  • Friedrich August Wolf (1759-1824), German philologist and critic
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Wolf


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Suggested Readings for the name Wolf



  • Jacob, Wolf, Burnet County Pioneer by R.S. Crawford.
  • Jacob Wolf History by Merritt W. Wolfe.
  • Descendants of Leonard Wolf, Sr., and Catherine Cripe, 1755-1984 by Ardelta Delores Wolfe Baker.

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Motto


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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: Virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Virtues reward.


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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 12 February 2017 at 21:02.

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