The Wolfen surname is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Wolfgang, a popular personal name
during medieval times. This personal name was originally derived from the Old German "wolf" which meant "wolf" and "ganc" meaning "battle."
Early Origins of the Wolfen family
The surname Wolfen 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.
Early History of the Wolfen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolfen 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 Wolfen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wolfen Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Wolfen include Wolf, Wolff, Wolfen, Wolfe, Wulf and others.
Early Notables of the Wolfen family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Wolfen 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 Wolfen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wolfen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wolfen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William W Wolfen, who landed in Canada in 1832
The Wolfen 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.