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Where did the English Wolfe family come from? What is the English Wolfe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wolfe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wolfe family history?The Wolfe family name is thought to be of Norman origins. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. 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 Wolfe research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1202 is included under the topic Early Wolfe History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Wolfe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wolfe 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.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Wolfe or a variant listed above:
Wolfe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Wolfe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wolfe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wolfe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Wolfe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Wolfe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Wolfe Settlers in New Zealand 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 Wolfe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wolfe 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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