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The Wolf family was an integral part of Britain's Norman legacy, a legacy that began in 1066 with the Conquest of the island. Wolf was a name given to a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled 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 Wolf research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1202 is included under the topic Early Wolf History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Wolf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wolf 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 political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Wolf or a variant listed above were:
Wolf Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Wolf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wolf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wolf Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Wolf Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Wolf Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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
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.
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