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The Wolff family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.

Wolff Early Origins



The surname Wolff was first found in Cheshire where they were descended from Hugh Lupus (Wolf,) the Earl of Chester, and chief subject of King William the Conqueror.

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Wolff Spelling Variations


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Wolff Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wolff have been found, including Wolfe, Wolf, Woolf, Woolfe, Wolff, de Wolfe and many more.

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Wolff Early History


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Wolff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolff research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1202 is included under the topic Early Wolff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wolff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wolff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolff In Ireland


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Wolff In Ireland



Some of the Wolff 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wolff were among those contributors:

Wolff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Paul Wolff, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1691

Wolff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bertram Wolff arrived in New York in 1709-10
  • Bertram Wolff, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Hans Wolff, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Abraham Wolff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Conrad Wolff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wolff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christoph Wolff, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Carl Wolff, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1832
  • Charles Wolff, aged 30, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1841
  • Christine Luise Wolff, aged 29, arrived in America in 1843
  • Fritz Wolff, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wolff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adolph Wolff, aged 22, who landed in America from Frankfurt, Germany, in 1908
  • Albert Wolff, aged 23, who landed in America from Dummal, Germany, in 1908
  • Adrian F. Wolff, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Albert Wolff, aged 26, who landed in America from Walsdorf, Germany, in 1911
  • Adalbert Wolff, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Elberfield, Germany, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wolff Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Friederich Wolff, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • George Wolff, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Ludewig Wolff and Michael Wolff came to Canada in 1783 with the Empire Loyalists

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolff (post 1700)



  • Thomas Wolff (1954-2000), American mathematician
  • Bobby Wolff (b. 1932), American bridge player
  • Beverly Wolff (1928-2005), American mezzo-soprano
  • Egon Wolff (1926-2016), Chilean playwright and author
  • Marc François Jérôme Wolff, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Christian Wolff (1679-1754), German philosopher and mathematician
  • Bernard Wolff (1811-1879), German media mogul
  • Betje Wolff (1738-1804), Dutch writer
  • Lt Col Alexander Wolff (1788-1863), British officer who served under the Duke of Wellington
  • Albert Wolff (1884-1970), acclaimed French conductor/composer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Wolff


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Suggested Readings for the name Wolff



  • The Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of Pennsylvania by Raymond Alvin Wolff.

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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: Fides in adversis
Motto Translation: faith in adversity


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Wolff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wolff 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 7 November 2016 at 12:57.

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