The Wolfensberger 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 Wolfensberger family
The surname Wolfensberger 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 Wolfensberger family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolfensberger 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 Wolfensberger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wolfensberger 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 Wolfensberger include Wolf, Wolff, Wolfen, Wolfe, Wulf and others.
Early Notables of the Wolfensberger family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Wolfensberger 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 Wolfensberger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wolfensberger family to the New World and Oceana
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island
, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Wolfensberger were among of the early German families that came to North America: Paul Wolff, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1691; of the over one hundred
bearers of the name who came to Philadelphia there were Hans Bernard Wolf in 1727.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wolfensberger (post 1700)
- Wolf Wolfensberger (1934-2011), German-American academic
The Wolfensberger 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.