Wolfinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Wolfinger surname comes from the Anglo-Norman personal name Walweyn, the Old German forename Waldwin, or the Old English personal name Wealdwine, which means power-friend.
Early Origins of the Wolfinger family
The surname Wolfinger was first found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth, where the family claim descent from Gualgnain or Gwalwynne, who was King Arthur's sister's son, as attested by historians William of Malmesbury, and Robert of Gloucester. The name traces its roots to Normandy where Geoffry Wawein was listed there in 1198.
The Domesday Book lists the name as Walduinus in Staffordshire.  Later in 1205, Welwin was listed in Essex.
John Wallensis, Walensis or Galensis ( fl. 1215) was a Welsh canon lawyer who taught at Bologna, and wrote glosses and another John Wallensis or Waleys (fl. 1283), was a Franciscan, described as 'of Worcester' in a manuscript of his 'Summa Collectionum' at Peterhouse.
Thomas Wallensis or Gualensis (d. 1255), was a Welsh divine, Bishop of St. David's, former a canon of Lincoln in 1235. 
Early History of the Wolfinger family
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Wolfinger Spelling Variations
The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Wolfinger have included Walwyn, Wallwyn, Wallin, Walwin and others.
Early Notables of the Wolfinger family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Richard Walwayn, High Sheriff of Herefordshire (1336-1342), John Walwayn, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1343; John Walwayne, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1379; Sir Malcolm Walwyn of Ledbury and William Walwyn (c. 1600-1681), an English...
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Wolfinger migration to the United States +
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Wolfinger:
Wolfinger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Barent Wolfinger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
- Bastian Wolfinger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732
- Barent Wolfinger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 
- Jacob Wolfinger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
- Jacob Wolfinger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 
Wolfinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anna Maria Wolfinger, age 9, and Frederick Wolfinger, age 18, who both arrived in Baltimore in 1830
- Salomon Wolfinger, who landed in Ohio in 1834 
- Juste Wolfinger, aged 50, who landed in New York in 1854 
- Justie Wolfinger, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1854 
- Cathe Wolfinger, aged 4, who landed in New York in 1854 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolfinger (post 1700) +
- Norman Robert "Norm" Wolfinger (1945-2016), American State Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
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The Wolfinger 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: Drwy rynwedd gward
Motto Translation: In this cause I would bleed.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ 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)