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The Wolfenbarger 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."

Wolfenbarger Early Origins



The surname Wolfenbarger 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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Wolfenbarger Spelling Variations


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Wolfenbarger 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 Wolfenbarger include Wolf, Wolff, Wolfen, Wolfe, Wulf and others.

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Wolfenbarger Early History


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Wolfenbarger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolfenbarger 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 Wolfenbarger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolfenbarger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wolfenbarger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables with the name Wolfenbarger 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 Wolfenbarger 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 Wolfenbarger, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Wolfenbarger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Albert Wolfenbarger, aged 30, who emigrated to Richmond Hill, N. Y., in 1912
  • Capitola Wolfenbarger, aged 60, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1920

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolfenbarger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolfenbarger (post 1700)



  • Janet Carol Wolfenbarger (b. 1958), United States Air Force four-star general, 8th and current Commander, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio

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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



    Other References

    1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Wolfenbarger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wolfenbarger 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 10 December 2015 at 08:33.

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