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Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Wolffe was recognized on the island as a name for a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.

Wolffe Early Origins



The surname Wolffe 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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Wolffe Early History


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Wolffe Early History



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

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Wolffe Spelling Variations


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Wolffe Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wolffe family name include Wolfe, Wolf, Woolf, Woolfe, Wolff, de Wolfe and many more.

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Wolffe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wolffe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Wolffe In Ireland


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Wolffe In Ireland



Some of the Wolffe 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wolffe family to immigrate North America:

Wolffe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Paulus Wolffe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Peter Wolffe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolffe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolffe (post 1700)



  • Richard L. Wolffe (b. 1968), American journalist, MSNBC commentator
  • Jabez Wolffe (1877-1943), English swimmer who made 22 attempts to swim the English Channel from 1906 to 1913, the closest was in 1911 when he failed by yards
  • Alan Wolffe (1959-2001), English cell biologist known for his prominent role in establishing that the chromosomal organisation of genes

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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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