The origins of the Wolfard name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in one of the settlements called Walford in Dorset
, or Shropshire
, or in Walford Hall in Warwickshire
. The surname Wolfard belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Wolfard family
The surname Wolfard was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, from about the time of the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wolfard family
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Wolfard Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wolfard were recorded, including Walford, Wallford and others.
Early Notables of the Wolfard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wolfard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wolfard family emigrate to North America: Thomas and Jeremiah Walford who settled in Charles Town Massachusetts in 1630; Muse Walford settled in Barbados with his wife, four children, and servants, in 1678.
The Wolfard 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: Nosce teipsum
Motto Translation: Know thyself.
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